Comment 34061

By JonC (registered) | Posted September 23, 2009 at 12:29:20

The primary issue with licensing, and why it will never happen, is that kids start biking at a very young age, younger than you could expect them to pass some sort of licensing test and younger than they could engage in any sort of contract.

So, either you waive the requirement for kids and then force them to license at 18 or 16 or whatever, which is nonsense after cycling for ten years, or you waive it altogether.

The other issue is the cost. How much would the operating budget of the MTO (1.35B) increase if all bikes and/or cyclists had to be licensed and how much would you charge cyclists. Even if this increased the quality of cyclists' driving, it would reduce the number of cyclists, reducing the level of safety (see above from Ryan). Additionally, this would be an unfair burden to those that bike not by choice, but due to economic hardship.

I get the idea of why it would be nice to require training, but in general, it's a bad idea.

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