Tuesday, January 18, 2011

City Councilman Eric Ulrich Earns a Knucklehead Award with His Silly Call for Bicycle Licenses - NY Daily News Editorial

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Precedent having been set in 2004, when then-City Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano earned this enshrinement for proposing that bicyclists be required to get licenses, the judges now dispense equal justice to Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich.
New to the Council, Ulrich may have believed his proposal was a stroke of original genius.
We're sorry to report that forcing bicyclists, as we said in 2004, "to get licenses for a legal activity, and, of course, pay a nice fee for the privilege, and, of course, build a bureaucracy to keep track of the paperwork" is just dumb.
It is also part and parcel with a feeling, epidemic among lawmakers, that the Council can legislate away every inconvenience.
Ulrich says drivers "are the only ones who receive tickets for speeding, blowing red lights and not yielding to pedestrian traffic." True enough. But forcing millions of people to carry government-issued cards won't change that.