World Streets, together with a number of our readers and supporters, including city cyclists and others working in the sector, have decided to take a public position on obligatory National Cycling Licenses. And that around the world the appropriate agencies and legislative groups, city by city and country by country, will step forward one at a time and when they are ready to pass into their law a requirement that certain road users must take and pass a rigorous National Cycling License examination.
The examination should take place only after each future licensee will have already successfully completed a special course organized by the local bicycle groups to ensure full knowledge of and confidence of dealing with the challenges of the cycling environment in cities. 
It will not be required that cyclists be able to show this qualification(nor should it be!). Rather it will be a legal requirement for all persons wishing to have a driver’s license for any form of motorized vehicle, including motorized two wheelers and drivers of cars and commercial vehicles.
Once the appropriate laws have been passed and the necessary courses and examinations put in place, the test and cycling qualification should be required for all persons presenting themselves either for a new license or renewal for a license earlier held.
It is also proposed that all motorists who have been ticketed for speeding, reckless driving, or any other specified driving or parking offenses be required to take and pass the cycling license test within one month of the date of the offense.
Prospective drivers with physical handicaps but who otherwise qualify for a driving license will also be tested appropriately to ensure that they too are fully prepared to do their part to ensure a safe environment for cyclists and indeed all street users.
The cost of organization and testing will be fully covered by those applying for the driving licenses.
And in closing (for now):
That you can imagine that when a somewhat controversial project such as this is discussed in expert circles with people who have been involved in developing and forwarding the sector for some time, there will always be a number of critical ideas which may run against the basic concept as outlined here. That is not only perfectly normal but also desirable and necessary. That said, I do not think that the moment someone comes up with an accurate contrary idea that the appropriate response is to raise the white flag and go back to bed. But let us see how all this looks when it has gone around the virtual block a couple of times .
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We now would like to seek your comments, suggestions and eventual approval or disapproval of this idea.
- In all cases we would ask you to indicate your city and country under the Comments section.
- It would be particularly appreciated if you disagree with the proposal that you sketch the grounds of your views in the Comments section.
- Finally, if you have any good references on this, they too would be appreciated under the Comments.
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Some First Round Comments:
Nicolas Igersheim, France
A good idea indeed, to increase the awareness of drivers towards cyclists.
In the same frame of mind, La Ville à Vélo is planning to approach driving schools about the importance of respecting bicycle lanes.
Sorry for the French, but the pictures speak for themselves…
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 As an example of best practice, Dutch motorists are trained for interaction with cyclists as part of their driver training when going for their driver’s licence. For example, trainee motorists are trained to check and re-check their right-hand side for cyclists before making a turn to the right. But this proposal moves well beyond that.