Comment 10867

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted August 17, 2007 at 16:21:32

My main point about attitude change is that altering the rules to better accommodate cyclists will result in more cyclists on the road. This will give more drivers exposure to cyclists. This will in turn result in a slow attitude shift as people realize that bikes-on-the-road is part of normal life, and bikes aren't meant to be shoved onto the sidewalk (you wouldn't believe the number of people who think that bikes are meant to be ridden on sidewalks).

I am not talking about more rules or fewer rules... I'm talking about DIFFERENT rules ;-)

As far as licensing cyclists, I appreciate the idea but I'm not sure it's worth the time and money to set up such a system. A major reason that drivers need to go through all the fees and licensing is that (a) their vehicle is capable of causing a LOT of damage to people and property around them (whereas bikes are capable of very limited amounts of damage) and (b) cars cause a tremendous societal cost (health, safety, infrastructure, etc) whereas bikes could be argued to net a positive value on society because the health and environmental benefits of riding them might even outweigh the costs of the occasional accident caused by them. Of course proving that with numbers might be tough, but it's a nice thought :-)

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