BillWatson wrote:I still have not seen a valid reason (aside from cost, which would be significant) for not registering bikes.
They have been mentioned, BUT you have to be willing to see them.
I think you fail in that aspect.
BillWatson wrote:We need to encourage cycling
Oh yes, we do.
And I wil follow this up with a valid reason for not registering bikes.
Registration for bikes wil not encourage cycling.
Cycling is a cheap and easy alternative to driving.
Add registratition, and all off the benefits are gone, straight away.
Not easy, cos you have to register first , not cheap , cos you gotta pay..
It wil not encourage cycling !!
BillWatson wrote:If I may I would like to pose a couple of hypothetical for general discussion
1. On a nice sunny day on a a shared bike path a mother and young child are walking along the left hand side of the path. 2 cyclists riding two abreast, and at speed , fly past and without sounding their bell. One of the riders hits the small child with his peddle causing very bad injuries. Then races on without stopping. Question, how is the mother to hold the cyclist to account for this?
Lets hypothetically assume we have rego for cyclist.
And we replay the same scenario...
The cyclist could been riding without rego, its not uncommon for riders to break the law, so why not this one...
the rego could not have been visible...
And if it was perfectly visible, you got realisticly 1 split second to look at the rego, remember it...
if not he is gone and you got nothing...
And then, even if you got the rego, you wil have to go to the police, and it wil be he said she said...
if the cyclist claims, I did not do it..
then what ??
Being able to provide a rego number proves nothing..
Having a rego does not always result in the bad person being 'punished'
I can give you an example of a cyclist pov, ...
Often there are situations, where cars are doing something wrong , AND putting the cyclist in a dangerous situation.
Often the cyclist has video, and the rego of the car.
They go to the police.
Result, NOTHING HAPPENS !!!
If you want to change things, dont ask for rego for cyclist.
ask the police to do what they are payed to do,
THEIR JOB !!