A recent poll in Toronto came out in favour of bicycle licencing.
60% of those polled.
I have a feeling that if cyclists continue to whine for more and more cycling infrastructure; yet continue to break the rules of the road, we’ll be hearing more and more on this topic as more and more cyclists come in conflict with motorists.
It’s just going to happen.
Sorry, cars aren’t going anywhere. They will always be a major player in a spread out country such as this one. Suburbs and commuting will not disappear either. Don’t let the social planners lead you to believe that fallacy.
Not to say we can’t improve public rapid transit to help as Ottawa is, and Toronto has.
I have also conducted two previous informal polls here on my radio show, both coming out in favour of the concept.
I like the idea, mostly because it makes cyclists more accountable to the laws of the road and also covers off the aspect of insurance.
My hesitation is that it may make for another lumbering government program that — if ignored by police — will amount to nothing more than another tax that doesn’t achieve what it is designed to do.
After all, we can paint the road and make all kinds of special lanes of traffic for bikes, but if they aren’t going to pay attention to “right of way” and stopping at stop signs and lights, then its all wasted money anyway.
Canada already has enough of those, with more on the way (see Carbon Tax).
On the weekend we saw a cyclist who ran a red light at Lyon and Laurier get hit. I can’t tell from the video, but I don’t even believe that he had a helmet.
The man from Gatineau must have had his lucky rabbits foot with him that day.
He escaped with his life, a ruined bike and thanks to the dash-cam on another vehicle….a fine/infraction.
I am sure he’s happy enough with a ticket, as opposed to a tag on his toe!
And I am quite relieved for this man but to be honest, I feel sorry for the driver. No one wants to hurt a cyclist, but take a drive downtown and it won’t be long till you see one taking a chance breaking the law and acting as though he/she is ‘above’ it.
Man, take every precaution. Don’t play chicken with 4,000 pound vehicles. Stay safe, stay alive and don’t be a dork.