Are you buying your kids a bike this Christmas? Don’t worry about getting a license for it. City Council is expected to drop the bicycle license requirement at its weekly meeting this Tuesday. Bicycle licenses have been in place in San Jose since 1974. They were originally intended to build a database of all the bicycles in the city, and to make it easier to track down bikes when they get stolen.
The problem is that no one complied, and not because San Jose isn’t bicycle friendly either. About 22,000 new bikes were sold in San Jose this year, but according to city officials, only $636 was collected this year in bicycle licensing fees. That is not even enough to update a bicycle licensing database.
With no revenue from the license, and no additional cash to the ordinance, City Council is ready to drop it. It may have been a good idea, but it just didn’t work.
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