TIME TO LICENCE CYCLISTS
AFTER seeing a cyclist mum pack her child into a trailer without a helmet or harness and take off through the traffic I shook my head and wondered what value they placed on their child's safety?
Sure it had two reflectors at the rear definitely better for night rides and the child had good vision front and rear to see the bumper bars going by.
I wondered if these constituted a road vehicle and if the occupants were covered by third party insurance. As the height of these compared to the modern larger wheel sizes of today, a four-wheeldrive or truck would drive straight over them barely feeling the bump .
At some point, the Western Australian Government will have to face the fact that cyclists and their equipment will have to be licensed and charged a fair price for both insuring and policing them.
To police them, as well as a soft licence plate, I feel every rider should be required to have a chip inserted so they can be monitored by scanning methods.
My final comment is I would like to see the same mum or dad taken for a ride around the block making sure it was a busy road in one of these chariots. JULIAN E STANWIX Como