John T. Griffith 5:14 p.m., May 22
San Diego inches closer to abolishing bicycle licensing law
The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee voted unanimously last week to recommend an end to the city’s bicycle licensing program, BikeSD.org reports.
“We were really required to have a license to ride a bike?” asked Committee member David Alvarez, who was caught completely unaware that such a law was even on the books, a sentiment echoed by Committee chair Marti Emerald.
Bicycle licensing restrictions have gone without widespread enforcement for years, though the lack of a license has been used by transit enforcement to remove cyclists from Metropolitan Transit District buses and trolleys.
The city’s Fire Rescue and Police departments reported the licensing program has drawn virtually no revenue for any city department over the last three years.
The issue will now go to the full city council for a vote before any action is taken to remove the licensing requirement from the city code.