Police Chief Discusses Bike Paths & Bike Registration (VIDEO)

BIKE LICENSEHays Police Chief Don Scheibler sat down with Hays Post to discuss the on-street bike lanes that will soon be added to various roads in town.  He said that while officers will be enforcing traffic laws and monitoring the roads, the department won’t really be doing anything differently.

“Our mission won’t change: we’ll still have to cover the entire city so you’ll still see officers out there in patrol cars and officers on bike patrol.  At this time we don’t have any intention to add any additional officers to the bike patrol.”

Currently there are 9 officers trained for bike patrol duty:

Scheibler said that all police officers are patrol officers first, and receive training in different areas such as the response team, drug team or the bike patrol.  He explained this to illustrate that if officers were added to the bike patrol in the future, it would not mean additional staff, just an additional role an existing officer could fill if needed.

Scheibler said that the department will also continue their bike-safety program:

The City of Hays has an ordinance requiring all bicycle owners to register their bike with HPD.  Scheibler said that every year the department acquires a large number of bicycles with no way to verify who the owner is.  The registration ordinance is designed to help with that.  The cost of registration is $.50 to cover the cost of the identifying sticker to be placed on the bicycle.

“If you’re going to spend $200 on a bicycle, you should spend an extra 50 cents so if somebody steals your bicycle or you lose it, we can return it to you. It’s not an effort for us to track people, it’s just truly an effort to get bicycles back to the owner.”

He added that while this is an existing ordinance within city limits, in his 20 years in Hays he has never seen a bike owner cited for failing to register his / her bicycle, and the department has no intention to go out of its way to issue such citations.

  • Less Rules to follow

    Even though it’s only .50, I still feel this should be up to the owner, not mandated by the government. We have so many laws now, it’s tough to keep up. I’m glad this law is one they are not enforcing. Until the recent news, I bet almost no one in Hays even knew it was ‘required’ to have a bicycle registered. If a bike is stolen, that sticker is the first thing the criminal will remove anyway. By the same philosophy of tracking stolen items, they could also have me register my TV, computer, and jewelry because those are frequently stolen also and charge me a small fee, which of course would then go up and up over time like our sales tax and property taxes.

  • Guie LeDeuche

    Most bicycles have VIN numbers on them anyways. Well, the one’s you don’t buy at Wal-Mart. And that was my first thought. That sticker is going to be the first thing somebody rips off if they steal it. It’s a nice thought, but I’m not sure how well it will work, or has worked.

  • just some guy

    these bike registration stickers have been around since I moved here in 1977, in fact the last one i bought was in 1996, so its really no big deal people. it was $.50 ( 50 cents) then too

  • 50cent got it. But where when?

    Got to love Don Scheiblers selective law enforcment, this is another great example. If your going to have rules or laws they ought to be followed and enforced. I understand prioritizing completely but if its never been enforced and is not going to be then you need to get rid of it because its a useless. Its the Police Chiefs job to identify laws or Ordinances that serve no lawful purpose or are unenforceable and recommend changes to them or repeal them.
    My suggestion is get rid of this completely because as someone said earlier we dont need government mandating everything and it should be your choice. Or move the registration to another city department that has more regular contact with the public and that could improve the registration process(Just an idea the city clerks office they send water bills and general information to a large number of people in the city limits every month). But then again that might be the case I have no idea “still” this article about the importance of registering your bike does even tell you where or when you can do it

    If a person follows common sense, follows the instructions that come with the bike, or wants to do the simplest of things to protect there investment in a bike there going to write down the serial number anyway and give it to the police when reporting a stolen bike.
    A press conference on highlighting the number of bike thefts annually and reminder to lock up your bike with a good lock seems to me to be a more effective use of your pulpit if you wanted to be proactive. i see this as proactive also but remember it can only be successful after your bike is stolen.