Shopping for new licence plates

Gearing up to shed my Texas plates in my eager plight to become a full-fledged Oregon resident in 2008, I read this article in the Oregonian and have my eye on the new “Share the Road” plate. I love the irony in it. Shouldn’t I just shed my car all together? I really hate driving my car in the Portland city limits anyway. I only really have a car since it moved me up here…and only keep it because it does come in handy when I need to escape to the mountains, visit the beaches, or even give my friends and their bikes a lift when it’s cold and wet.

Despite owning a car, I’m glad I can spend an extra $5 dollars on new plates toward keeping me safer on the road as a bicyclist. This new plate shares it’s cost with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Cycle Oregon. I know it’s only a little bit of support, but every little bit can help.

For a complete list of Oregon license plates, and how you can get one too, even if you have a license plate already, check out the website.

5 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    That’s a great addition to the selection of plates, and the first in the non-profit category to have its own design. (And sure it’s ironic, but most bicyclists also drive.)

    I just wish they’d come up with a better design for the cultural trust plate. What the hell is it, anyway? Detail of an abstract painting?

  2. chris (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    Yes, it’s an abstract.

    From the OCT page:

    “The colorful abstract design was selected after an open competition that had over one hundred entries from Oregon artists. The plate was designed by Kelly Kievit, a fine artist who is currently working as a graphic designer in Portland. Rather than attempting to represent “culture” through specific images, or emphasizing one cultural sector over another, the Oregon Cultural Trust chose a design that is bold, abstract and distinctive.”

  3. Steve (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Abstract? Yes.

    Bold and distinctive? Uh… Well, it is orange…

  4. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    The OCT plate is orange?? I thought it was dirt brown.

  5. jen (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

    I wonder how long before hear about someone who has the STR Plate mowing down a bike.

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