I recently came across an article on social media about cyclists in Australia may soon need licenses to use the roads. I’m not sure how true this article is, but it’s interesting either way. It talks about how they are still unsure how they would police this issue and the details of it all.
I’m sure all of us, whether while riding or driving, have had bad experiences on the roads with cyclists. You may have also seen my Road Rage post on this topic. They do seem to be getting worse in the UK, so the idea of them needing to have a license and pass some kind of road safety/awareness test.
At the bottom of the post is a poll on whether readers think they should bring this idea to the UK. As much as I dislike cyclists on the road and feel that they should need to pass some kind of test to use the road. I have a feeling this would then move onto horses or horse riders needing a license to use the road. Which I think will be impossible to police.
What I think should happen instead, is children/teenagers should have to do a road safety test (or at least a course) in road safety awareness. It should include how to pass various things, including horses and cyclists and the importance of being thoughtful while using the roads. This means moving out of the way to let someone pass if you can do so safely and thanking people who have slowed down or given you the space you need.
I also think that anyone reported for silly actions on the road (whether car, cyclist or horse rider) should have to attend an awareness course. However, against I am unsure as to how this could be policed and it would be tricky when it comes to horses. As they are animals at the end of the day, and it might not be the riders fault. But I do think it could be something to be looked into!
Read the article here!
What is your opinion on the article? Would you want licenses brought to the UK? Do you have any alternative ideas?