Minister "increasingly persuaded" cyclists need licences
ONE of the go-to demands of road-raging drivers is once again on the table in NSW: mandatory licences for cyclists.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay raised compulsory identification for bike riders at a roundtable conference on cycling safety in Sydney this week.
Mr Gay has said he was "increasingly persuaded" NSW needed to introduce a licensing system for all cyclists over the age of 18 - an unprecedented move anywhere in the world.
A softer approach requiring riders to carry existing photo ID such as an 18-plus card or a driver's licence was also discussed.
But bike groups have lashed out at the suggestion for doing nothing to improve their safety.
Should cyclists be licensed or be forced to carry identification?
This poll ended on 24 July 2015.
They should be licensed so they can be penalised the same way as motorists for breaking road rules
They should have to carry some sort of photo ID, the same as motorists.
No. This whole debate is just idiotic.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"Decent bicycle infrastructure is the most urgent need," Bicycle Network spokesman Chris Carpenter said.
"Yet, at the recent Roundtable on Cycling Safety and Compliance, hosted by Roads Minister Gay, we again witnessed the hoary old issue of rider registration and compulsory identification put forward for discussion.
"Bicycle Network rejects any proposal to force people riding a bike to carry an ID.
"While the rest of Australia pushes to make riding easier, the NSW Government is making it harder."
It was not all bad news for riders, there was discussion around following Queensland's lead and enforcing minimum safe distances between cars and bicycles while overtaking.
Cracking down on riders who flout the law was also mooted, with a push to lift penalties from $69 to levels closer to those of motorists.