City Council approves ordinance ending mandatory bike registration

City Council approves ordinance ending mandatory bike registration
The New Orleans City Council passed an ordinance on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 that allows people to voluntarily register their bike(s).

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Councilmembers passed an ordinance that allows people to voluntarily register their bike(s).

The ordinance was authored by Transportation Chair Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and ends mandatory bicycle registration, effective immediately.

However, companies that own and/or rent bikes to the public will still be required to register their bicycles.

Administration duties will also shift from the New Orleans Police Department to the Department of Safety and Permits.

“Bicycle registration was initially put in place to ensure the safe return of citizen’s property, and we hope people will continue to utilize the program. This ordinance changes the registration requirement from mandatory to voluntary for privately owned bikes, while moving program administration to the Department of Safety and Permits. I always want our government to provide the maximum benefit to citizens, and I believe these changes will help accomplish that,” said Councilmember Palmer.

While the ordinance removes the mandate to register privately owned bicycles, Councilmember Palmer encourages individual bike owners to utilize the program.

“Unfortunately, bikes are stolen, and the best and most effective way the City can help recover your property is if it’s registered,” Councilmember Palmer said.

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