Bicyclists should be licensed

April 05, 2011

Michael Dresser's "Driver's ed redux? Motorists need to get up to speed" (April 4) focuses on motorists' knowledge of the traffic laws applicable to bicycles.  But what about bicyclists' knowledge of the traffic laws applicable to motorists?

 To legally drive an automobile, a person must be a certain age, take a driver's education course and pass a written exam and driving test. Not so with riding a bicycle.  All you have to do is get on and start riding. No training, no testing. How does that help promote safety for bicycle riders and promote road-sharing with motorists?

 Motorists should have confidence that bicyclists know the traffic laws.  There is a big difference between riding a bicycle on neighborhood sidewalks and riding on the streets and mixing with cars, trucks, buses and trains. 

The solution is simple: Require licensing for all bicycle riders that use public roads.  The licensing requirements would include a safety course for riding on city, state and federal highways. And there would be an added benefit: Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state legislators could have another revenue-generating licensing fee.

 Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

 

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