It is human nature – when you are aware and think of a particular topic, you tend to find things related to that topic in the world around you. Even so, my eyes kinda bugged out of my head when I ran across an article about a New Jersey lawmaker Cleopatra Tucker wanted mandatory license plates for bicycles.
I’ve received some interesting responses – both directly and indirectly – about my recent post titled ‘Anti-bike Propaganda.’ In that article, I picked random comments made by folks on various websites, forums and news posts. All of the quoted comments – by design – had a decidedly anti-cycling flavor.
I’ve now taken some time to ponder some of the responses, and I think I’ll start selectively addressing some of the statements I collected. The first statement I’d like to examine deals with the issue of bicycle registration, or licensing
Share the road. Make insurance mandatory along with license plates on bicycles, they can cause accidents just as cars, and be used in crimes just like cars so the laws should be made “center of the road” so it is equal for both parties using the road. Simple.
The UCI licensing board has announced the recipients of the latest batch of 4 year ProTour licenses. A ProTour license allows teams a spot in all ProTour races, setting the stage for a team’s season.
Most of the teams are current ProTour license holders, reapplying when their 4 year license expired. However, two teams – BMC and Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project – are new to the ProTour ranks.