Petition for number plates and enforced cycle lane use fails: measures 'at odds' with plans to boost cycling

In response to a petition, government say a licensing system would reduce the number of people cycling

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Commuters in the City of London on bikes
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A petition which called for cyclists to be visibly identified and forced to use cycle lanes has failed, with a government spokesperson saying that the costs of such a system would outweigh the benefits.

The petition said that the government should introduce legislation which would "require cyclists and e-scooter riders display visible ID, require that cycle lanes be used where available, and introduce a licensing and penalty point system for all cyclists and licensing system for e-scooter riders".

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.