New Orleans City Council ending mandatory bike registrations

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans City Council is ending mandatory bike registrations for individual bike owners.

The council Thursday passed an ordinance making the registrations voluntary.

Companies that rent bikes will still be required to register.

The ordinance also moved the registration responsibilities from the police department to the Department of Safety and Permits.

Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who authored the ordinance, says they hope people will still register their bikes voluntarily since that aids in recovering stolen bikes.

The changes comes after local media wrote about a bicyclist who was fined nearly $1,000 for various bike violations including failing to register his bike.