A registration fee for your bicycle? Really?

Published: Oct. 9, 2013 at 4:03 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 at 4:03 AM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some Georgia lawmakers who wanted to force you to pay an annual fee and get a license plate for every bicycle you own apparently thought better of the idea.

Three lawmakers from Hall County introduced the bill for the upcoming General Assembly session. It would have called for a $100 dollar fine for anyone caught riding a bike without the $15 license plate.

An Albany bike shop owner thinks the idea was kind of ridiculous. Breakaway Cycle Owner Gene Kirk said, "I think it was a little far-fetched to ask people to register a bicycle and then to put an actual tag on the bicycle, and some of the rules they actually had as far as spacing in between cyclists was very far-fetched."

Those lawmakers held a hearing on the bike registration bill Monday night in Gainesville. Several hundred people showed up to complain about it, so they said they would drop the bill.

They say they proposed it to try to limit group rides in response to complaints from drivers in their area.

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