Man Cited For Not Registering Bike With Fire Department

It seems you just can't hop on your new bike and ride in one Kansas city.

A Topeka man was ticketed by police for not registering his bike with the fire department.

James Peppers was stopped by police.

"Basically after all of it, he just told me I had to get my bike registered," Peppers was stopped by police. "It's the state law."

The rule is part of Topeka city code and has been around since 1981.

The rule says "It shall be unlawful for any person residing in the city to ride or use a bicycle without first obtaining a license."

When you register, the department gives you a license to stick on your bike.

The idea behind the registration according to officials is if you bike is stolen and recovered, it can be returned to you.

Peppers says the ticket is just $10. Court costs, though, are $66.


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  • by Estevende Location: costa rica on Aug 18, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    That's one ticket I would definitely toss in the trash. Nathan, you'll make a good honest slave. toto, it's a reason I prefer not to live in the US
  • by Lonnie Jenkins Location: Raleigh on Aug 17, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    These city sponsored "registries" are a throw back to the 1960's, before ANY computers, much less citizens WITH computers. And the Internet to communicate. Why doesn't the city update to a modern Internet based system, like BikeRegistry?
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    I wonder if there is a fee for registering the bikes? It wouldn't be control then, it would be a dollar issue. The city losing out on a "license fee."
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    $76 is a lot cheaper than it would cost to replace a stolen bike. Do the math. Requiring it to be registered is a bit silly though, but why wouldn't you, unless you'd obtained it through illegal means or were planning on using it somehow to commit a crime. Honest citizens don't have anything to worry about with things like these.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    I think it's stupid to be required to register a bicycle but why would you register it with the FIRE department. If it get's stolen is the fire department going to return it to you?
  • by Mr. Rite Location: Choco on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    This is flipping ridiculous to register a bicycle, it is nothing more than the government reaching for more control and money. When are we going to wake up and begin fighting this kind of control and tax. The more we accept the more they (government) will force upon us. C'mon people fight fight fight for your rights, or they will be taken away little by little.
  • by toto on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    That's why I don't live in Kanas any more.
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