Will Bicycle licensing become a reality?
I realize bicycle licensing is not a new subject but one day it may become a reality for every cyclist. In Philadelphia the city I live in biking has become immensely popular over the last decade as a means of transportation for yong people manly the hipster culture dawning custom fixed gear bikes or "fixies" around the city, It's become somewhat of a phenomenon in Philly there's literally at least one bike on every corner and that's a good thing but with increased bike traffic more and more accidents have accured between cyclist's and drivers some very seriose and some fatal.
To counter this the city of Philadelphia has proposed a bicycle licensing law that would require every cyclist to get a bicycle license similar to a drivers license, the cyclist would then have to take riding courses at his or her local DMV to become a licensed rider. In theory this law would increase safety among cyclist and drivers but I think it would take away something from the biking community. I don't know about you but there's a certain freedom that comes with riding a bike a care free feeling, now don't get me wrong I'm not talking about being reckless or irresponsible on the road I just think all the rules a regulations would take some of that freedom away.
So I want to know what you guys think tell me your thoughts on this subject, would you embrace this law if it becomes wide spread or would you oppose it? I also found an interesting article on this subject that might interest some of you, here http://www.examiner.com/x-4295-Seatt...ompts-backlash
Will Bicycle licensing become a reality .... again?
There ... I fixed that for you.
Saskatchewan had bicycle licensing back in the 1970s, complete with mini license plates ... for all cyclists from the child on his/her first two-wheeler to adults. It's been done.
Here, have a look ... scroll all the way to the bottom and you'll see the 1976 license plates for bicycles. I lived there from 1976 to 1979, so I would have had a license just like that on my bicycle.