Kurt Siegelin, the Verona resident who is the morning news anchor at News 12 New Jersey, is already having a field day with this on his Facebook page: Cleopatra Tucker, a state assemblywoman from Essex County, wants the state to require bicycles to have license plates. No, not the cute kind with your name on it that you had on your bike as a kid. The kind that costs $10 to get and a lot more if you’re caught riding without it.
Apparently, some of the elderly residents of Tucker’s Belleville-Bloomfield district have been complaining about reckless cyclists. The plates would be a way of identifying those who scare or collide with seniors.
We’re guessing Assemblywomen Tucker has never compared the rate for that kind of accident with that of cyclists hit by motor vehicles, or she would have proposed a better idea: A law creating more places where kids and grownups can ride their bikes safe from traffic.
UPDATE: Early this afternoon, Ms. Tucker withdrew her proposal.