Riding a bicycle in Stow? You better have a license

Riding a bicycle in Stow? You better have a license
The Berrien County Sheriff's passes out bicycles, sponsored by community donations, for children in need.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Stow council member at-large Mike Rasor said he’s been breaking the law -- he and thousands of other residents who live in the city of Stow.

Rasor’s offense? He has been riding his bicycle without a license.

“None of my friends or neighbors have a bike license to my knowledge,” said Rasor. “I have been breaking the law, I must admit.”

Rasor will present legislation to repeal the law during Thursday night’s city council meeting.

He posted about it on Facebook.

You need a license to ride a bike in Stow. With plates and everything. Seriously. It's a dumb law, and I'm introducing legislation to repeal it tomorrow.

Posted by Mike Rasor on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

“This is part of my initiative that’s been going on for about a year to go through the entire Stow codified ordinances, which is like this thick to find things that are outdated, antiquated, or are just government intrusion that doesn’t need to be there,” said Rasor.

Riding a bicycle in Stow? You better have a license

Chris Bednar has been breaking the law too. He’s the manager for Eddy’s Bike Shop in Stow, but unlike many others, he’s heard of the law that requires license plates on bicycles.

No one actually pays attention to that law.

“We’re familiar with most of the laws, but it’s not heavily enforced -- it’s not enforced at all. I’ve never heard of anyone getting a ticket for not having a bike registered or anything like that,” said Bednar.

Back in the 1970s, the law must have made sense.

“The 70s was kind of the start of the ‘bike boom.’ So, you had a lot of Americans on bicycles,” said Bednar.

"I think if there's any arguable benefit to it is that if you register your bike, and they find a lost bike, they know who to get it back to," added Rasor.

Antiquated or not, there is still a place on the Stow city website where you can register for a license for your bike -- but hopefully not for long if it’s up to Rasor.

“I wasn’t born in the 70s, I’ve heard there was some crazy stuff going on, and maybe that relates to this, but it’s hard to imagine that they sat around the table and said, ‘This is a good law, and this is going to make a positive impact,’” said Rasor.

Every year, the city issues 10 bike licenses, according to Rasor.

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