I recently saw an article discussing bicycle safety and the need for, wait for it…. bicycling licenses. I know, I know, such an idea is outrageous but it isn’t to me when I see people riding recklessly either because they’re clueless or they arrogantly believe the road is theirs. That said, as much as I want cyclists to be proficient (so those that are reckless don’t give me a bad name) I’m not sure where to take a stand here since there are glaring questions that would need to be addressed before any legislation is written.
Here’s a couple:
1. Would you need a license even if you ride only a handful of times a year?
2. What kind of test (written and behind the handlebar, haha) would you be running to determine proficiency?
3. Who would run the tests? The DMV? A local bike shop certified in testing?
These are some concerns I have. Personally, I lean towards having no license since laying down infrastructure for it seems impossible. On the other hand, I also think a lot of people need help with bicycling naivete!
What about you guys? What do you think?