Bicycle messengers are planning a demonstration during the evening rush hour today to protest City Council measures that would require the registration of bicycles and impose stiffer fines for violations.

The Philadelphia Bike Messenger Association says the bills reflect a "rise of an anti-cycling climate in our city."

One measure proposed by Councilman James F. Kenney also would ban the use of brakeless, fixed-wheel bikes used by many messengers.

In a statement, the messenger's association said, "We do not oppose the enforcement of existing laws regarding bicycle riding, but believe that equal and consistent enforcement amongst cyclists, pedestrians and motorists is key."

The protest is scheduled for 5 p.m. at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

The group also claimed that bike messengers are not dangerous, as many believe.

"The idea that Philadelphia bike messengers are dangerous is an unfortunate perception amongst motorists and pedestrians," the PBMA said. "We are often mistaken for dangerous cyclists, as people believe that anyone with a bag and a bike is working as a bicycle messenger."

The group says motorists target and threaten cyclists on a daily basis.

"It is our hope that we can change the views of the public and see Philadelphia become the bicycling friendly city it can be," the PBMA said.