Bike Licenses May be on the Way to Gainesville
Published April 8th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- It's a move aimed at saving drivers money but those putting the pedal to the pavement feel like a recent ordinance proposal may be unnecessary.
Gainesville residents stand on opposite sides of the road or bike lane about whether people should be required to have a license to ride bicycles in the city.
The suggestion for a potential ordinance came from City Commissioner, Yvonne Hinson Rawls.
Hinson-Rawls says, "if bikers are going to be on the streets with us i think they need to know the rules of the road. It's a good idea because bikers need to be responsible just like automobile drivers. "
Rawls suggests, revenue gained from collecting license fees from bicyclists would help lessen the blow to motorists who are paying for in street bike lanes and road narrowing with gas tax money.
According to state law there is nothing preventing cities from placing restrictions like licensing on bicycles.
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