BAC October 2005 News & Digest
Hello BICYCLE ACCESS COUNCIL members,
It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania!
"MAY I SEE YOUR ID, PLEASE"...
When you hear this, it usually means youíre being asked to produce your Driverís License (DL). How many bicyclists carry a valid Driverís License while operating a bicycle? Not me.
I have been carrying an expired DL, for identification purposes only, in my "Bike Wallet" since thereís no legal requirement to carry a valid one. Hey, thatís my picture and basic information, Right?
Well, Iíve been challenged twice at two different bank branches recently where I have accounts for having an "expired" DL. After being challenged, I got my transactions done by pointing out that only law enforcement and PennDOT can require a valid DL for operating a motor vehicle. Security measures only need to assure bank personnel that customers are who they say they are.
Well, hereís an easy alternative ID for Pennsylvania bicyclists with a valid driverís license--an identification card. It costs $10 and can be issued within two weeks of mailing a form to PennDOT.
The form is DL-81 (5-03) and can be picked up at any Driver Licensing Center or downloaded from PennDOT's website:
On the form, check the Other block on the application and write in "ID needed while operating a bicycle."
You'll get a card that looks very similar to your current DL with the same photo. It is good for four years from date of issue, so it does not expire when your DL does.
RAIN DROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD...
This October seems to be a particularly wet month, so here's is a bit of whimsy that is meant to brighten your days. Enjoy!
It rained and it rained and rained and rained
The average fall was well maintained
And when the tracks were simply bogs
It started raining cats and dogs.
After a drought of half an hour
We had a most refreshing shower
And then the most curious thing of all
A gentle rain began to fall.
Next day was also fairly dry
Save for the deluge from the sky
Which wetted the party to the skin
And after that the rain set in.
Anonymous--from a post card purchased in England, 1998
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