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- Mar 18, 2010
The more pertinent question is do I think our roads are safe - unfortunately not. The reason for that isn't cyclists or pedestrians. I would advocate wholeheartedly that kids do bikeability but I wouldn't make it mandatory or requiring a license to cycle, which it would effectively be.No link other than the fact they share space with several tonnes of metal that can cause them serious harm! Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting they have the same level of testing as a motorist. Kids do a bikeability test at primary school but even if they fail that and don't get a certificate they can still cycle on any road where cycling is permitted. Do you you think that is wise?
Biggest change in the law we could make is that any vehicle that is involved in a collision or accident with a cyclist or pedestrian, it is their fault and they face a consequence in law regardless of the circumstances. This transformed the relationship between vehicles and other road users in many European countries. It is a fundamental step in culturally changing our idea of priority on our roads.
Your premise is that roads are dangerous for cyclists so get a test done. What we should really be focussing on is what makes roads safer. You're advocating an approach like US schools, don't ban guns, just teach the kids how to hide under a desk...