City eyes bike registration as possible revenue tool
A cyclist travels along Sherbourne Street on a separated bike lane Monday, June 10, 2013. (Tom Stefanac/CP24)
Courtney Greenberg, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, July 12, 2016 12:54PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 12, 2016 3:52PM EDT
Staff at city hall are being asked to explore ways to license bicycles in Toronto.
The fees collected would be used to maintain or improve bike lanes and learn more about cyclists’ habits.
Coun. Stephen Holyday told CTV Toronto he wants a report on the possibility of creating a system that would require residents to license or register their bicycles.
“I think there’s a lot of opportunity to raise revenue,” Holyday said, but he added that it’s also a great way to collect a “tremendous amount of data.”
He said certain information -- like where cyclists live, work and routes they take -- could help improve infrastructure maintenance and increase “equipment standards and compliance.”
Holyday referenced a 2016 Forum Research poll that found the majority of Toronto voters thought “bicyclists should be licensed.” Of the 882 people in a random sampling, 56 per cent agreed that registering bikes was seen as a “fair trade-off for a comprehensive bike network.”
If a motion passed, Holyday said only the equipment would be registered -- not the cyclist. The report would consider limiting licensing to adults and could look at commuter versus recreational use.
The city has considered licensing before, but a motion to register bikes in Toronto has not yet passed.
@CTVToronto absolutely! The amount of times I've seen bikers do whatever they want is ridiculous! They should be treated as vehicles— Kat (@Thekyayu) July 12, 2016
With files from Janice Golding