Monday, October 12, 2009

In One City, A Proposal To Require Bicycle Licensing

In the online addition of Bicycling Magazine, Bob Mionske writes about an ongoing effort in Toronto to require bicyclists to be licensed and helmeted to use the roadway. Nobody tell the Daley Administration, which has never seen a new revenue source it didn't like. On a serious note, I could be persuaded that licensing bicyclists is a good idea if I could be assured that license fees would be used to fund a Copenhagen style biking infrastructure. That seems unlikely, though. Revenue raised by requiring bicycle licenses probably would not pay for much beyond that needed to set up and run the licensing program itself.

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