LONG BEACH - Bicycles won't have to be registered in Long Beach any longer after the City Council voted Tuesday to end the requirement.
The council voted unanimously to amend the law, which has been on the books since the 1970s. Instead, the city will implement an education campaign to direct bicyclists to the National Bike Registry, which allows people to register their bikes for free.
While police officials say they use bicycle registration to help identify stolen bikes and return them to their owners, Long Beach, which calls itself "the most bicycle-friendly city in America," has been criticized for the requirement. That criticism reached new levels after an Oct. 29 confrontation between bicyclists and police.