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Oregon LAWMAKERS want Citizens to get a bicycle LICENSE

(PORTLAND)  The 2015 Oregon legislative session is about to start. We looked into a few of the bills the Senate will be working on.

SB 461 – If passed would allow you to change your driver’s license photo if you don’t like it.

Some people we spoke to Monday don’t want to change their photos, but know people who certainly would. Others, like Tony Carothers, had reservations about the time that would take.

“I would be concerned because getting a driver’s license in Oregon takes two hours,” he says. “And do we need to complicate the process further by adding more burden in changing a picture?”


SB 177 – Would require everyone 18 and older who owns a bike to register it, and to get a bicycle license.

This sparked a lot of reaction in the biking community. Advocacy group, The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, is against it. A representative sent this statement via email to KATU’s Mary Loos.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) opposes Senate Bill 177, which would require any adult in Oregon who rides a bicycle to register the bike and acquire a license to use it. The proposal also repeals ORS 366.514, known as “the bike bill.” Ample research has shown that most or all of the revenue raised from a bike tax would go towards administering the tax, and not towards tangible safety and roadway projects that benefit bicycles. Riding a bicycle should be accessible and convenient for everyone. We oppose any new financial barriers and taxes on riding a bicycle, or any legislation that repeals the bike bill.

Bicyclist Michael Randall says, “One of the things that drivers are constantly complaining about is there’s all this bike infrastructure, but we’re not fixing the roads anymore. Well, instead of this kind of legislation, let’s save the legislative time to have the roads fixed.”

SB 99 – Repeals Daylight Saving Time.

It’s a source of frustration for many. Others are used to that flip-flop in spring and fall. If passed, this law would not take effect until January of 2021.

Oregon’s legislative session begins Monday, Feb. 2.