So the City is thinking of requiring bicycles to be licensed. Well, I can't say I'm thrilled with the idea, but I guess fair is fair. If we want to be recognized as legitimate road users, we have to suck it up.
Rather than licensing of bicycles, though, I would prefer to see licensing of CYCLISTS. What they are proposing, the registration of BICYLES, can legitimately be seen as a tax grab. It does nothing to improve safety or foster understanding. It just puts a few bucks in the city coffers.
Licensing of cyclists, on the other hand, is an opportunity to educate and retrain those idiot cyclists who make us all look bad. Including those poor souls who really believe they're safer on the sidewalk. I can't think of any objection to making sure EVERYONE on the road is trained to operate his or her vehicle properly.
Licensing of cyclists may be an idea whose time has come. But if it's going to happen, it's essential that the cycling community get on board right away. We have to make sure ANY legislation governing cyclists is drafted by CYCLISTS, not fat-assed beaurocrats whose last bicycle had coaster brakes and pompoms hanging from the handlebars.