A comment-worthy piece in Metro:
In almost every city that has tried, licensing has been a complete flop. The latest Canadian example is Regina, where city officials decided last week to scrap its long-standing $5 mandatory bike license.
The reason? Everyone — cyclists, police and civic officials — chose to ignore it. Only 150 to 200 bike licenses were being sold every year, and no one had been issued a ticket for riding without one for years.
There be the issue: If the licensing scheme is to work, it must be regulated and enforced. That costs money. If the licensing scheme – usually justified so the cyclists will ‘pay their way’ – is to cover both a contribution to infrastructure and the costs of enforcement, then the fee has to be scaled up to the point where it discourages cycling.
Is that the idea?