City Levies $50 Yearly License Fee On E-Bikes

The JT-TC Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reports that the Mattoon, Illinois, City Council voted to require an annual registration/license fee of $50 for “motorized bicycles in the city limit.” The article says the ordinance defines motorized bicycles as electric and gas powered bicycles that are in use at less than 20 miles per hour. Confused? Me too. City officials claim to be responding to concerns about motorized bicycles running stop signs and creating dangerous situations in traffic. The paper reports that a motorized bicycle rider was recently charge with gun…