Share-the-Road Specialty License Platesby
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are 57 million adult cyclists in the United States. Five million of these cyclists commute to work by bike daily. With the number of cyclists on the rise, it is essential to further promote the safety of bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
Although a common misconception, bicycles do not belong on sidewalks. In the state of Kentucky, “a bicycle shall be operated in the same manner as a motor vehicle.” Motorists shall regard bicyclists as they would any other vehicle on the road. Simply put, we need to Share the Road.
Presently, Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas offer Share-the-Road specialty license plates. Kentucky could soon join this list. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has agreed to stamp a Share-the-Road plate if we can obtain 900 applications before September 1, 2005. The STR plate would be introduced in January 2006, with applicants receiving the plate during their birth month.
The Share-the-Road license plate will cost $28, the same as an initial standard issue plate, and the renewal fee is only $15. Upon picking up an initial plate or renewing, STR plate holders will be able to make a voluntary contribution of $10 to the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission (KBBC).
Generated funds will be used by the KBBC to develop and coordinate a statewide bicycle and bikeways program. The program will promote the development of bikeways by maximizing the use of roads, streets, parks, abandoned road beds, and other publicly-owned lands. The funds will also be used to sponsor bikeway demonstration projects and safety training programs, pursuant to KRS 174.120.
Safer roads will in turn advocate recreation, fitness, tourism, and alternative transportation in our state. For more information regarding the Share-the-Road license plate campaign, visit www.ShareTheRoadKY.com. An application can be obtained here; or apply on-line and pay the $25 fee via PayPal here.
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web posted: 18 July 2005
last updated: 20 July 2005