A New York State Assemblyman has proposed a bill that would require every bicycle in the state of New York to have a license plate. Michael DenDekker (Don Dokken) a democrat from Queens (fuhgetaboutit) is proposing to mandate licenses for all cyclists in an effort to "give(s) more credibility to cyclists" on the road. While I appreciate the heartfelt sentiment, I would venture to say that anyone who is not a die hard cyclists could care less about the "street cred" of cyclists.
But let me pose this question: if putting cameras along bike lanes will help to enforce this new law and hold cyclists accountable, how 'bout putting them in high traffic areas along the roads to enforce ALL moving violations, not just those committed by cyclists? I mean, we're talking more than just a traffic light camera, right? These camera's he is proposing will probably be live, not just still images of cyclists running red lights, right? Theoretically they would, as so many commentators have pointed out, show cars and trucks parked illegally in the bikes lanes. That would be a good thing for cyclists I guess.
He makes one statement that I wonder about: "They're sharing roadways now…"
He didn't say "We're sharing roadways now" he specified that cyclists are sharing roadways. Maybe it was an unconscious use of language, but we all know about Freudian slips and the implications (Don Dokken, you were in love with your mother all along)
This is still an US vs THEM issue. For cyclists the best thing would be for increased enforcement of traffic laws for ALL vehicles upon the road, no matter how many wheels they have. For moto-fascists like Don Dokken the best thing would be for a big wake up call. Like $8.00/gal.
You can read the entire Gothamist article on Don Dokken and his crazy idea HERE.