Once or twice a year, typically when it gets bored with running stories on P-platers, banks, diets and dodgy tradesmen, the media gets all arsy with road cyclists. And inevitably the conversation will yet again raise the issue of bike registration; surely one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas.
There are so many reasons for this I can’t possibly table them all here. Google it if you have a spare few hours.
But to suggest getting cyclists to register their bikes will solve anything, or make the roads any safer, is simply absurd. It certainly hasn’t done much to stop car accidents over the years.
All I can really see is an opportunistic bureaucratic money-spinner (where you can bet the vast majority of revenue won’t be spent on bicycle safety programs or infrastructure, anyway). Worse, the added cost and hassle would no doubt keep a lot of riders, and potential ones, off their bikes in the first place – surely the exact opposite of what Governments should be trying to do. Overnight thousands of mums, dads and kids will be turned into two-wheeled law-breakers. And I’m sure our already over-worked Police force will be delighted at the thought of chasing unregistered BMX bandits and hipsters through the streets all weekend.
What’s next? Implanting RFiD tags in our foreheads?