Pekin Postpones Motorized Bike Regulation Until Next Year

Dec 10, 2019

The Pekin City Council is putting off a vote on requiring motorized bike owners to register their vehicles with the police until next year.

The ordinance would require riders of low-speed gas or electric bicycles to pay a $15 dollar per year registration fee and follow roadway traffic laws.

The ordinance also sets violation fees and provisions for impoundments if the regulations aren't followed.

Councilman John Abel said the largely unregulated bikes are a safety hazard.

"Something's gotta be done about it, or we're going to have somebody get hurt, or worse yet, killed," he said.

But the council voted to table the issue until February after residents expressed concerns about insurance and muffler requirements not being in the ordinance.

Councilman Lloyd Orrick didn't think the ordinance was fully ripe yet. 

"I think we need to do something, but I don't believe doing this as it currently is is the right thing to do. I think we need to take more time, get more public input," Orrick said. 

Mayor Mark Luft said safety has to be the top priority in any ordinance passed.