[dc-critmass-list] DC Bicycle Registration Law to be Discontinued
gill at waba.org
Wed May 28 14:06:06 PDT 2008
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Media Contact: Karyn Le Blanc, 202-671-3490
> Bicycle Registration Law to be Discontinued
Bicyclists Encouraged to Register with National Bike Registry
(Washington, D.C.) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and
the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announce a major change in DC
bicycle registration law.
Beginning June 1, 2008 bicycle registration is no longer required by law in
the District of Columbia. Subsequently, registration will no longer be
available at any District police or fire station as of this date.
DDOT and MPD now encourage citizens to register their bicycles with the
National Bicycle Registry (NBR). NBR is a service that allows users to
register their bicycle by serial number in a national database.
Accessible by law enforcement anywhere in the United States, NBR makes it
easier and faster for police officers to identify and prove ownership of
stolen bicycles and return them to their rightful owners.
"Using the National Bicycle Registry will help streamline bicycle
registration for District residents and provide for an easier registration
process be it online, by telephone, or by mail," said Emeka Moneme, Director
"Each year, over a million bikes are stolen. Most are left unclaimed and
cannot be returned to their owners because the bicycles have no label or
identification. It is simple to put an NBR label on the bike to register it,
and we want to encourage all of our residents to do it," said Chief Lanier.
To register a bicycle with NBR residents may do any of the following:
* purchase a NBR registration kit for $10 at area bicycle shops,
* register bikes and find additional information online at
* call 1-800-848-BIKE
For additional information contact DDOT's Bicycle Program Office at
Karyn G. Le Blanc | Director of Communications | Office of the Director |
District Department of Transportation | desk 202-671-3490 | fax 202-671-0650
| cell 202-497-4572 | <http://www.ddot.dc.gov> www.ddot.dc.gov
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