Is licensing bicyclists the answer?
This letter appears in today's SF Chronicle:
Scofflaws on bikes
Re: "Bicyclists ignore sidewalk sign" (Chronicle Watch, Aug. 24): Scofflaw bicyclists routinely ignore traffic laws, which they are obligated to follow. The California Vehicle Code forbids riding on sidewalks unless the bicyclists are 12 or younger. Sidewalk riding is not a legal option for adult bicyclists. San Francisco does not require registration and licensing of bicyclists. However, Berkeley, Santa Monica, Davis, Alameda and other California cities do. California law needs to be changed to require registration/licensing of bicycles and bicyclists so the pedestrian public can be protected. Let's start a state campaign to require bicycles and bicyclists to be tested, registered, insured and licensed and pay appropriate fees for this regulatory service.
The free ride is over.