If a peddle biker operator wants equal access to public highways then I want them to have equal burdens as borne by all other legitimate road users. I want: INSURANCE requirement - the size and potential damage that can be caused is not a factor in the requirement for motorcycle vs. auto insurance nor should it be in requiring bicycles to have liability coverage, INSPECTION & Equipment minimum standards- Signals: although a motorcyclist or auto driver can use hand signals too, the flashing types are required and provide much better visibility in limited light situations. Blinkers also would keep both hands on the handlebars and thus provide the rider with better control. Lights: Headlight & taillight - They need to be inspected and certified they meet the state criteria. Brakes: standards for road-going bikes, inspected as acceptable. OPERATOR LICENSE: validating the skills of the riders. That one can drive a car does not mean one has the skills to ride a bike. A car operators permit is not acceptable to ride a motorcycle nor should it be so for bicycles. Registration & PLATES: Provide you are the owner and that this is a road legal vehicle and to help them recover stolen vehicles. Bicycles are stolen at a rate certainly as high as autos. Plates are a means to tax road users and valid for peddle craft as well. Additionally one reason that I want bicycle riders to have operator permits & plates is so that the right to ride can be taken away as punishment for violating traffic laws like a auto driver can loose their license for too many tickets. It's all about Equality, Cyclists wish to be treated as full-fledged, legitimate road users, proof they have a roadworthy vehicle, the skills to operate it, the means to compensate for any liabilities arising from operation and that it is legally on the road are only doing what is required of ALL other road users. No free pass here, If y'all want to play in traffic then y'all are going to need to play by the same rules as the rest of us do.
Kids on Bikes - Exempt 20" and smaller wheels and issue bicycle operator permits [after passing the test] at age 15, when you move up to big wheel and go out in the big world then you have permits, plates, inspections and insurance.
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