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You need a bicycle license ….

in Switzerland that is. In an interesting posting which caught my attention, GenvaLunch blogs on the current requirement in Switzerland for all cyclists to have a licence. It seems that this includes children, school age children that is. From the blog it seems that the licence requirement is more about ensuring that cyclists have third party insurance than any sort of license in terms of knowing road rules or the like.

From the blog …

for responsabilité civile (RC), or third party insurance, in case of an accident, for up to CHF2 million francs.

The cost of the licence is approximately AU$5.00 to $10.00 for the year.  Given that cyclists can cause damage to other parties, to their vehicles etc maybe such a scheme is not unreasonable and really the cost for this sort of insurance does not seem that high and of course it provides financial protection to the cyclist.  Would such a scheme also give us more credibility as legitimate road users? I wonder.

Personally I have third party insurance through my Bicycle Transport Alliance membership but if I didn’t I don’t think I would be opposed to this idea.

4 Responses to You need a bicycle license ….

  1. jet June 2, 2010 at 1:29 AM #

    Sounds very Swiss. Making sure that everyone is insured and nothing is left to chance. I wonder how this fits into their overall license structure, because I have heard Swiss people discussing a requirement to have a motorbike/moped license before you are allowed to get a car license… ie a graduated system that ensures that everyone driving a car is aware of the smaller more vulnerable vehicles around them…

  2. jet June 2, 2010 at 9:29 AM #

    Sounds very Swiss. Making sure that everyone is insured and nothing is left to chance. I wonder how this fits into their overall license structure, because I have heard Swiss people discussing a requirement to have a motorbike/moped license before you are allowed to get a car license… ie a graduated system that ensures that everyone driving a car is aware of the smaller more vulnerable vehicles around them…

  3. Aushiker June 2, 2010 at 2:18 AM #

    Interesting point. I like the idea of a graduated licence system.

  4. Aushiker June 2, 2010 at 10:18 AM #

    Interesting point. I like the idea of a graduated licence system.

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