Public Hearing to End Detroit Bike License Requirement

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee is holding a public hearing to remove the Detroit bike license requirement. That meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 28th at 10:30 AM at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (Jefferson at Woodward.) Please plan on arriving prior to 10 AM to avoid disturbing the Committee meeting.

We certainly could use some Detroit residents at this hearing to voice their support for this change.

The hope is that Council and Mayor can remove the required licensing prior to their August recess. During that recess we will work with Council and others to look at alternative ordinance language that would still allow police to identify and return stolen bikes without heavy fines for those cyclists who are unlicensed.

The City Council members at yesterday’s Public Health and Safety Committee meeting expressed support for biking in Detroit. Council President Ken Cockrel commented that he rides 3-4 times a week. He rightfully noted that unswept streets with broken glass is one issue he faces during his rides.

Overall it was a great discussion and it certainly seems we are making lemonade from the original lemon.

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5 Responses to “Public Hearing to End Detroit Bike License Requirement”

  1. Dustin Says:

    Awesome! I’m going to try and be there.

  2. Todd Scott Says:

    That would be great. One really nice feature of this committee’s public hearings is they start at a specific time. It makes it easier for people to show up, say their thing, and head out — all without having to sit through the entire committee meeting.

  3. Hannah Says:

    I’m also planning on attending, and I am a Detroit resident who bikes to work 4-5 days a week. I’m in favor of changing the requirement, and personally I’d like it if registering bikes were a little more convenient (maybe through local bike shops or online?). Are there any other specific talking points we want to try to bring up?

  4. Todd Scott Says:

    The talking points we’ve used are: we want the police to be able to return recovered stolen goods; licensing shouldn’t be required, especially with expensive traffic tickets. I think it’s always good to discuss the issue from your personal perspective. How does the current ordinance affect you?

  5. LPrag Says:


    A couple of observations:

    Bike registration should not be under the auspices city or county
    governments but rather, under the auspices of the state government.

    That way, any stolen bikes can easily be tracked statewide and also

    Simply have forms available at any secretary of state office and also
    provide a www site for registration online.

    If necessary, charge a small one time fee for a lifetime registration.

    If the bike is sold, have a form similar to cars, where the owner can sign
    and transfer registration and ownership to the new owner.

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