For those cyclist, cycling enthusiast, and fans of cycling who live or visit the state of Georgia please read the highlights of this proposed bill, contact your state representative and let them know how you feel about the bill at www.house.ga.gov
Bills like this seem to make there rounds every couple of years here in GA. In any case, I find it interesting that the bill is sponsored by three republicans, which I would assume are for less government, less government intrusion, and pro-business. This bill does nothing but expand the roll of government, and is anti-business in the form of tourism. Below are just highlights about how this bill could hurt Georgians.
- It unduly burdens the poor/students who can't afford a car or people who cannot drive for either health or physical reasons.
- In a state with an obesity rate near or just above thirty percent, this give people another excuse for not getting out on a bike that provides low impact exercise.
- Are you really going to tell a family that each of their bikes needs to be registered for $48 a bike? The cost can really add up for a family of four and really disincentives families to go out for a bike ride.
- It could potentially ruin bike based tourism in the state which generates millions of dollars per year in tourism dollars. Think about how many people would be turned off if they had to register there bike for things like the six gap century, BRAG, Augusta Half-Ironman, and the many dozens of bike races and centuries that go on around the state. Not only would people be turned away, but so would promoters which would hurt small business owners that depend on cycling tourism during these big events.
- If truly enforced, how would this be a service to tax payers and how much would it cost tax payers to enforce this law?