SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon lawmaker proposed a bill that would require bicyclists to pay a $10 registration fee.
The fees would go toward a state bicycle transportation improvement fund to pay for development and upkeep of bicycle lanes, bicycle paths and other projects.
Some bicyclists are willing to pay a little more in taxes but are opposed to the registration fee.
"I am not at all opposed to paying more in taxes to see more benefits to cyclists implemented in city planning and new development with fixing the roadways," said Andrew Alef, a bicyclist and employee at Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene.
Alef owns eight bicycles and doesn't want to pay for each one.
"If it were the case that I would have to pay to register each one of my bikes individually," he said. "That seems unfair to me because I can only ride one bike at a time."
Senate Bill 769 outlines several other restrictions that would be imposed if someone didn't register a bike, namely a $25 fine for failure to register. Cyclists would also be penalized if they don’t report a change of ownership or address.