Comment 120505

By notlloyd (registered) - website | Posted December 02, 2016 at 20:50:04

One really has to ask what the point of a license is.

A license is a permission. In England in the middle ages you needed a license to travel between communities. We have come a long way. In free countries we don't need permission to travel and in fact our Charter protects mobility rights. I would argue we have a right to travel. So we have a right to walk. We have a right to bike. We have a right to boat. But for the danger of auto travel I would argue we have a right to drive.

We use licenses as government control when public interest demands it. So we license doctors and lawyers and welders because we don't want people to die when quacks misdiagnose, when people go to jail because they are defended by people who don't know what they are doing and to save us from nuclear catastrophe when welded pipes burst in nuclear reactors. What pray tell is the overarching public safety issue that requires bicycle licensing?

It's a red herring.

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