Police Chief Clarifies Detroit Bike Licensing

Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings

Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings

The group Bike Riders United and MTGA attended today’s Detroit Police Commission meeting. Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings clarified the bike license issue. She said the rationale for this is specific to returning stolen property. It was not her intent to have officers write tickets. The police are not looking to enforce the penalty portion of the licensing issue.

The Chief did acknowledge that is was a mistake to not work with community groups, including cyclists prior to issuing the initial press release about the licensing.

She added that she is a cyclist and may join the Bike Riders United “Cycling Awareness” ride scheduled for August 1st.

The next step is to correct work with City Council to make this license ordinance more clear and reasonable while still giving the Police the tools necessary to identify and return stolen property.

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One Response to “Police Chief Clarifies Detroit Bike Licensing”

  1. Todd Scott Says:

    The Detroit News covered yesterday’s meeting. The story is at http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080718/METRO01/807180310/1409/METRO

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