According to the State Assembly website, if passed into law:
Personal bicycles shall be issued a license plate upon passing an inspection by the department. The inspection shall require that the bicycles conform to the lamp and equipment requirements of section twelve hundred thirty-six of this chapter. The license plates shall be twenty-five dollars the first year and shall reduce to five dollars each year thereafter.The alleged justification, of course, is that this is all for our own good!
... it is essential that the state of New York be able to identify the bicycle riders. The issuance of license plates will ensure personal protection for cases such as bicycle theft or bicycle accidents, to name a few.Does anyone really think that the State of New York will "ensure personal protection?" If anyone does, I have a bridge in Utica (on Barnes Ave.) to sell them.
If this makes sense for New York City, then New York City can pass a local law requiring licenses. In Utica, we already have more than enough government intrusion into our everyday lives.