Sometimes I am a bad cyclist. I do things I shouldn’t. It just seems so easy to break the rules.
Here are my three confessions:
- I go the wrong way up the one way street where I live
- On quiet streets I blow through stop signs
- I don’t stop for streetcars for the entire time the door is open
I know I shouldn’t do them. But sometimes I think – my bike isn’t a car so why should it follow the exact same rules as a car?
For example, on my ride to work I go through Trinity Bellwoods. And I have to turn into the park via the sidewalk. Should I be get off my bike when I go on the sidewalk then get back on my bike once I’m on the path?
I would be a fan of bike licensing. But I just can’t imagine what the process is for something like this.
According to the City Of Toronto’s Bicycle Licensing History, here are three major reasons licensing has been rejected:
* The difficulty in keeping a database complete and current
* The difficulty in licensing children, given that they ride bikes too
* Licensing in and of itself does not change the behaviour of cyclists who are disobeying traffic laws.
What are your thoughts on bike licensing? And am I a bad cyclist?