As the number of bicycles increases due to high gas prices, we as a nation should examine new ways to ensure that these vehicles (usually operated at 15-30 mph, and sometimes as high as 50 mph) are driven in a safe and responsible manner, and that collisions with motor vehicles, pedestrians, and other objects are minimized.
The goal is not to pass blame for the 770 bicycle deaths, but rather to save lives.
Since the invention of the automobile, federal, state, and local authorities have enacted a series of laws governing the licensing, registration, inspection, insurance, and safe operation of motor vehicles. A similar set of laws should be applied to bicycles and bicyclists.
In addition, bicyclists should pay their fair share of tolls and parking fees, as long as these fees are applicable to other motor vehicles.
Toward A New Bicycle Safety in America
As someone who was walking on a sidewalk and hit by a bicycle illegally riding on it, I wholeheartedly agree that this is a good idea.