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City Council puts bike license program on hold

January 26, 2009 |  6:23 pm

Until recently, it's probably fair to say that most cyclists in the city of Los Angeles didn't know they were required by law to buy a $3 license for their bikes. The idea of the license program -- started many years ago -- was that licenses would make it easier for police to recover stolen bikes.

As some cyclists found out, not having a license also made it real easy for the LAPD to issue them a citation. Funny how these things work.

Well, the license program is no more, at least for the time being. Cycling advocates have been raising a stink about it in recent months along with some solid coverage of the issue over at Streetsblog Los Angeles. The City Council listened and last week the Transportation Committee voted to put a moratorium on the program. Here's a link to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition's release on the suspension of the license program.

As a veteran of covering City Hall, I advise everyone that that "moratorium" doesn't mean "terminate." A bike lock license program, anyone?

UPDATE: As expected, the full City Council on Tuesday went along with the Transportation Committee's recommendation and suspended the bike license program.

--Steve Hymon