Well, Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel's unique style of logic is on full display in his column today. (As at this writing, it has not yet been published to thespec.com. However, you may be able to download the page in PDF.)
Under Dreschel's reasoning, countries like the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany achieved their large, successful cycling communities by doing X and Y, and so therefore Hamilton should do Z, where:
It seems that Dreschel made up his mind about bike licencing first, and only then put together something that looks superficially like an argument to justify his opinion.
Never mind that the proven best way to reduce the number of cycling casualties is to increase the number of cyclists, and mandatory licencing would deter even more people from riding bikes. Never mind that 90 percent of bicycle-automobile crashes are caused by the motorist.
Far be it for facts to get in the way of our society's unreasoning prejudice against cycling.
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