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View Poll Results: Regarding a driver's license
I have one, and it is active. 105 92.11%
I had one but let it lapse; it is no longer active. 3 2.63%
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Old 04-23-09, 02:27 PM   #1
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Does having a driver's license make one a better cyclocommuter?
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No and neither does riding a bike make you a better driver. Well... at least for me.
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Does having a driver's license make one a better cyclocommuter?
Yes, because you're aware that if you get ticketed while cyclocommuting by virtue of having a driver's license the police will actually be able to identify you...so you have to ride "better"...



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Old 04-23-09, 02:43 PM   #4
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So you took nothing away from driver training (if required in your state)?

I know there are plenty of foreigners in my neck of the woods who, due to state law, never had to sit through a driver's education class, and they drive like ****.
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Possessing the knowledge required to obtain a DL is more important than having the actual state issued card, but another consideration is that level of knowledge is considered the bare minimum required to get a DL. Better to know more.

I think it's so ridiculously easy to get a DL in the U.S. that there's no reason to not have one unless it has been revoked.

So the short answer to this question is: Yes.
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What made me a better driver was driving. The licensing tests are a joke.
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I was first licensed in California, where we had to sit through about a week's worth of classroom training before we were even issued a permit.

I feel like the classroom education taught me a lot, but of course the experience taught me more.
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Old 04-23-09, 03:17 PM   #8
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I have one, but they don't lapse in the UK I just never drive . Had one for 2 years and haven't driven more than 10 miles, yet in 12 months I have done over 2000 miles on my bike
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What made me a better driver was driving. The licensing tests are a joke.
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I recently renewed my license after not having one or a car for 8 years. My license was only 7 years lapsed.

I don't think a driver's license makes one a better cycle-commuter. I do know that awareness of the rules of the road is helpful but many drivers don't know them.
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Old 04-23-09, 03:56 PM   #11
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What made me a better driver was driving. The licensing tests are a joke.
Absolutely. For my test I had to drive about 300 feet down a deserted suburban road at 7 AM on a Sunday morning, take one right turn, drive about another 300 feet, and pull over. That's it. And for that they gave me a license to drive!
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I got a CDL. Woohoo!
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Having a driver's license doesn't make one a better driver. Why would it make one a better bike commuter?
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I have a driver's licence which is active. I took my test at thirty but didn't buy a car until a year or so later. Haven't owned a car for most of the last 27 years. I own a car now. The car is not insured (hasn't been for 6 months) and won't be until I take a holiday to the interior.

I don't need to drive in town.
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I have one, but they don't lapse in the UK I just never drive . Had one for 2 years and haven't driven more than 10 miles, yet in 12 months I have done over 2000 miles on my bike
Anyone I've ever talked with who's learned to drive/ride in Europe thinks the US system is a joke. Especially the motorcycle riders.
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I maintain a license for ID purposes and car rentals when out of town. Also plan to buy a car this year. We have 3 part tests: written, on road driving, and parallel parking with cones.
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I used to drive 100,000 km a year and in the past 27 years have not had an accident or a ticket... I went car free several years ago and now might drive a few times a year.

If it was not for that and ID purposes I would not need a DL.
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Yes, because you're aware that if you get ticketed while cyclocommuting by virtue of having a driver's license the police will actually be able to identify you
Why? I never actually CARRY my driver's license unless I'm driving.
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I imagine that having driving experience would make one a better cyclocommuter if you are cycling on roads. It allows you to have the mindset of both a driver and a cyclist to better aid you in anticipating what a driver might do. It certainly can't hurt. I know that being a cyclocommuter has made me a "better" i.e. more aware driver - I'm 1000% more aware of cyclists on the road.
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Does having a driver's license make one a better cyclocommuter?
No, but being a cyclist makes one a better driver.

Of course one should know the rules of the road, but you don't need a license to do that.
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i'm 23 no license. everything i need is within biking distance, and if i'm going out dancing or to a show then i have freinds that drive and i'll pay for gas or parking or drinks.

imo its really important to know the rules of the road from both a drivers and cyclist point of view. k
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Does having a driver's license make one a better cyclocommuter?
Does owning an orange coffee cup make one a better cyclocommuter?
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