Friday, July 18, 2008

Bike Registration - August 5

The Warrendale Community Organization and Northwest District of the Detroit Police Department will hold a bike registration event during National Night Out, which is Tuesday, August 5th. Police officers will register bicycles at the Northwest District starting at 6 p.m. The District is located at 11450 Warwick in Detroit; a map to that location is available here.

Bicycle registration has been required under a City ordinance since 1964. However, the Detroit Police Department, in a controversial move, recently announced that they would begin ticketing those whose bicycles are not registered.

The main criticism of the licensing plan was always the fact that cyclists could only get this license between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Since most people work during those hours and could not reasonably get a bicycle license, many Detroiters argued that this was little more than an excuse for the City to collect the $55 for riding a bicycle that isn't licensed. Having this registration period during the evening is one way of combating this perception.

There are a few details that everyone should now about obtaining a bicycle license:
  • It is preferred that the bicycle in question be brought to the District in order to obtain this license;
  • If bringing the bicycle in isn't practical, cyclists may also obtain a license at this event as along as they can tell officers the make/model, color and serial number of their bicycle; and
  • Children must have a parent or guardian with them when they register their bicycles.
The Warrendale Community Organization invites all Detroiters to attend the National Night Out at the Northwest District and get their bicycles registered.

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