A bill sponsored by NC House Representative Jeffrey Elmore (representing Alexander and Wilkes Counties) would require all bicycles operated by persons age 16 and over to be registered with the state DMV and equipped with a bicycle-specific license plate for an annual fee of ten dollars per bicycle.
Although the suggested purpose of the bill is to raise money for bicycle projects, bicyclist advocates around the state were immediately critical of the proposal. Terry Lansdell, executive director of BikeWalk NC, pointed out that such programs usually lose money and create administrative headaches. “The bike registration fees don’t cover the costs of the registration process. It would overtax and overburden the DMV at this point,” Lansdell explained.
Enforcement of mandatory bicycle registration laws in other parts of the country has drawn criticism for targeting racial minorities and low-income communities, often as a pretext for searches and interrogations, and for impounding hundreds of bicycles often belonging to people with no alternative means of transportation.
The lack of positive revenue and problems with enforcement have resulted in abandonment of mandatory registration programs in most places they have been tried. [See “Why Bicycle Licensing (Almost) Never Works.”]
BikeWalk NC members are initiating dialog with members of the NC legislature to discuss this bill and alternative ways to increase revenue and promote public safety. BikeWalk NC will track this bill and provide updates as things evolve.
For more historical information about bicycle registration and licensing, and preferred alternatives, see
Dear Specialized Rider,
Your safety is our top priority. Whenever something happens that may compromise your safety, we take immediate action.
Based upon reports from the field, the steerer tube collar on select Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and Sirrus bicycles may be susceptible to stress corrosion cracking. When that happens, it may result in a sudden loss of steering control while riding.
Click here to view a list of affected models by Model Year.
We are voluntary recalling the steerer tube collars on these bicycles and are replacing them with a new, improved collar which, together with an adjustment to the torque setting, will significantly improve the collar’s resistance to stress corrosion cracking. We have reported the matter to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and are working closely with them on a press release announcing the recall shortly.
Please stop riding your bicycle immediately and visit your local Authorized Specialized Retailer to have a new steerer tube collar installed, at no cost to you.
We wish to apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Thank you for riding Specialized.
Director, Global Quality and Rider Care
Here’s the deal. If you call for help during the ride, my very first question will be, “Do you have the Raven Rock Ramble app installed?” If you do, your life and mine will be much easier, because you can send me your location with the touch of a button and I can forward that to a sag driver. But the new, fully-rewritten Raven Rock Ramble app does MUCH more than that. So much so that I’ve created several short videos (below) to demo all the function. The app leverages function from RideWithGPS and Epic Ride Weather, and there’s a video that describes that as well.
Please(!) install the app and watch the demo video prior to the ride. It will only take a few minutes and will make the Raven Rock Ramble easier, safer, and more fun.
David Cole, director
Raven Rock Ramble
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p.s. If you have the old Raven Rock Ramble app installed, you should uninstall it, as it’s no longer current.