Representative Wayne Krieger of Salem is the chief architect of House Bill 3008, which would require every bicycle owner in Oregon to pay a mandatory $54 registration fee, and then renew it every other year for the same fee.
He explained, “This is an opportunity for the bicyclists to start contributing to our roads,” he said. “If you want to have something that everybody is going to use, than everybody needs to contribute to what’s there… if there were not bicycles we wouldn’t need bicycle lanes.”
He also said the tags would give drivers a way to track down cyclists who cause accidents.
Asked if he cycles, Krieger responded that he’s “not into it.”
For a full discussion of the bill and an interview with Krieger, see BikePortland.org’s A conversation with Rep. Krieger about his bike registration bill.