Well, what do you think? Just as motorcycles have a special class and special class license for operating on state roads, should there be a similar class for people using bikes as transportation vehicles?
Well since 5 already responded, let's flesh out the idea a bit more. Why have a license? Not to generate income, nor because unlicensed riders don't pay for roads. Here are some reasons why it might be beneficial:
1. for data metrics, there are #### cyclists who commute to work each year
2. for special treatment in driver education. Since this is a special class of vehicle on the roads, non cyclists have to give them special consideration. Say like air vehicles or water vehicles. The general rule of thumb is the slower and less moverable vehicles has right of way over faster vehicles.
3. for jump starting cycle commuting. A state tax credit of $1.00 for mile cyclocommuters log commuting to work in a year. A state tax credit to businesses of $1.00 each cyclocommuter mile employees log during the year.
4. as a foot in the door for increasing penalities for motor vehicle drivers ignoring the rights of the cyclist.