CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Bike Registration in Portland? No, Way!!!

I'm furious to hear they want everyone over 18 to register their bikes every TWO YEARS to the tune of $54! You've got to be kidding me. In what way do bikes hurt the streets (or sidewalks) we ride on? It's not like cars, trucks, etc.

If interested, you can read more about it HERE.

By the way, Representative Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) can kiss my ass. He's the chief architect of House Bill 3008. Yeah, of course he's a Republican. To be fair, of the four representatives named on the bill, one of them is a Democrat. The others are: Representative Sal Esquivel (R-Medford), Representative Bill Garrard (R-Klamath Falls) and Representative Michael Schaufler (D-Happy Valley). And Representative Krieger admits he doesn't ride bikes, no surprise. In fact, he sounds entirely anti-bikes to me from what he said when interviewed.

What this man clearly doesn't GET is that a lot of bike riders have gone to 'alternative transportation' because they CAN'T AFFORD to drive. They can't afford to have a car or to buy the gas! I talk to these people when I'm out biking and I know that many of them have had to turn to bikes as a way to get where they need to go.

Of course, we're also a very GREEN state -- and proud of it. The fact that so many people ride bikes is supposed to be a good thing, so why penalize people for biking?

$54 may not seem like a lot of money to some people, but to many it's one hell of a lot of $$$.

Apparently Representative Krieger also sees this as a way to keep TABS on bike riders, via a license plate. Say what??? He even discussed the fact that bike riders don't have insurance, like drivers. Give me a break!

This man is a menace. But I imagine his fellow Republicans in Gold Beach, Oregon think he's a gem... (We're talking an upscale city where I suspect there's not many poor to worry about.)

I'm all for people paying their way, but let's be fair and reasonable. Of course, this whole thing might be about him getting more attention and press -- and he's certainly getting plenty of that, isn't he? In fact, I've just put his name out there, yet again. (sigh) Let's just say it's a name I don't want to forget.

Let's hope this man is never poor enough to discover $54 is a large sum of money. Or poor enough to be one of those people he clearly hates "...with their butt and elbow into the traffic lane..." as they bike near him.

What goes around comes around, sir. (I hope, anyway!)

Tags: 2009, biking, march-2009, political, politics

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