Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

ID Law 'Detrimental' to Cycling

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

ID Law 'Detrimental' to Cycling

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Byline: Rodney Stevens rodney.stevens@northernstar.com.au

HARRIS Cycles Lismore manager, Tony Keogh, said he can't see the point in making it compulsory for cyclists to carry identification.

The proposal, which has created controversy among the NSW cycling community, is being examined by a roundtable of stakeholders, convened by Roads Minister Duncan Gay.

"At the moment if I run a red light or a stop sign and the police pull me up and they're not satisfied that I've proved who I am, they detain me until I do," Mr Keogh said.

"Its obviously more convenient for the police to know who you are there and then. So there's no legal reason that I can see to bring it in; it's just a convenience thing for the police."

Mr Keogh said most cyclists around Lismore already carried identification.

He said it was just another move toward NSW becoming a "nanny state".

"It's a non-issue really because I'd think you'd find most people cycling on the road, as opposed to in the bush, would be carrying their wallet anyway," he said. …

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