Friday, July 18, 2008

Detroit Police Chief Says: "My Bad!" for Bike Licenses

As I wrote in my post: "Riding Your Bike in Detroit? Have Your License?", the Detroit Police Department will start enforcing the 44-year-old bike license ordinance on August 7: a $55.00 fine if you don't have a $1.00 license for your bike.

Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings tried to explain at a recent Detroit Board of Police Commissioners meeting that her intent was not to punish bike riders, but to be better able to retrieve stolen bicycles.

Ron Scott, a member of the Detroit-based Bike Riders United, feels that the enforcement in unnecessary and problematic. Chief Bully-Cummings replied that she didn't want police officers standing around writing tickets to bikers; she is just trying to help bike-theft victims to get their bikes back.

Bike Riders United will hold a unity protest bike-a-thon in Detroit on Friday, August 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.; starting at Eastern Market and concluding at Hart Plaza. Meanwhile, just to be sure, you can visit any of the six Detroit Police Districts and get a 5-year license for your bike.

Update: as of Friday July 18 2008, the Detroit Police Department has no more bike licenses available! Stay tuned to see what happens with the ordinance enforcement...

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