Resolution to Establish a Bicycle Registration Information Package and Amend the Fee for Bicycle Registration
Attached for your approval is a Resolution to facilitate the creation of an enhanced and improved bicycle registration program and adjust the fee accordingly. In an earlier action at this meeting, an Ordinance to Amend Section 10:162 of Chapter 127 of the City Code was presented for its second reading, which replaces the program created three decades ago that provides for a one-time registration process for bicycles. Once a bike was registered under this original program, the record stayed on file permanently. The registrant received a registration sticker and the information from the registration form about the owner and the bicycle was maintained in the City Clerk’s office. The cost for this one time process was $8.00. There was no information provided related to bike system elements or proper bicycling techniques. The City currently registers approximately 700 bicycles annually.
It is believed that many of the registrations on file with the City Clerk’s office relate to bicycles that are no longer in use, nor located in the City. This is due to the age of the registration(s) and the number of registrations related to college students. Student registrations might only be relevant for a period of four or five years while a student resides in the City.
Since the adoption of the Bicycle Registration Ordinance, thousands of bicycles have been registered. City Staff and the Alternative Transportation Committee recommend the process be amended for several reasons. The primary purpose of the registration process amendment is to streamline recordkeeping. Staff and the Alternative Transportation Committee recommend a City of Ann Arbor Bicycle Registration be valid for a period of five years, eliminating the requirement that registration records be maintained indefinitely. With a five-year renewal period, the bicycle registrat...Click here for full text