Licensing cyclists in Ottawa would be a bad idea
Ottawa Citizen

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By the Editor, Ottawa Citizen, July 12, 2016

During the at-times-feisty debate between motorists and cyclists this summer, some have suggested that cyclists should be licensed.It’s a superficially logical idea, if we consider that both bicycles and cars are classified as vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act and operators of both have to follow the same rules of the road. Drivers are licensed. Why not cyclists?The benefits of licensing cyclists are usually cited as more responsible and safer riding, easier enforcement when road rules are broken, and revenue to help pay for the costs of city cycling infrastructure.