Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) has withdrawn her proposal for a bill that would have required bicycles to be registered.
“My intention was never to impose a burden or additional costs,” Tucker said in a statement. “My goal was to at least begin a discussion of how best to protect elderly pedestrians. No idea is perfect, but protecting elderly pedestrians deserves attention.”
If the proposed bill had been enacted, riders or their parents would plunk down up to $10 a year to register them with the Division of Motor Vehicles. And anyone caught riding bicycle without a license plate on public property could face a fine of up to $100 for each offense.
Tucker said senior citizens have called her office to complained that they’ve been knocked down by inconsiderate riders, but had no way to register a complaint.
“I would encourage everyone to give thought to how best we can protect elderly pedestrians and suggest solutions,” the statement read.
(Source: NJ Star Ledger)