Comment 34045

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted September 23, 2009 at 09:56:39

I actually think A Smith's idea of bicycle licensing is a decent idea with a bunch of upsides, though not necessarily for the same reasons he does. This isn't an issue of compensating drivers, but if there is an actual concern about conflict between car drivers and cyclists, then there needs to be mutual understanding about the rules of the road for each set of users.

A licensing scheme that involved a nominal fee to pay for administration costs would be very fair, I think, and would make bike use on main roads a responsibility/privilige on par with driving. Ideally this would make cyclists (especially NEW ones) aware of the rules associated with responsible cycling in mixed traffic, and create a cohort of cyclists who abide by a set of standard cycling safety guidelines. As a ped, I look forward to a day when cyclists feel safe enough to use roads and assertive enough in this knowledge that they don't endanger me and others (and themselves) by using sidewalks or other cycling safety 'shortcuts' that are broadly tolerated now.

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