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Should cyclists be required to get licences?

Some say licences would improve safety and accountability, others say they aren't worth the cost.
Work to add a concrete barrier along the de Brébeuf bike path began two weeks ago, but has now been halted. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)
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Earlier this month, Vancouver media — both social and traditional — erupted with the story of a pregnant woman allegedly assaulted by a cyclist. 

The incident pushed Vancouver city councillor Melissa De Genova to present a plan to make cyclists more accountable. She wants the city to consider a bike licensing program and require cyclists to display visible identification. 

[You] take your driver's test for the basic rules of the road and get your learner's licence. If we're really encouraging cycling... as a mode of transportation, why wouldn't we have something similar to that where cyclists would come to get their licence? - Melissa De Genova, Vancouver city councillor

Kimberley Nelson is the president of Bike Calgary. Her organization has argued against bike licensing for nearly a decade. 

I have a driver's licence. I'm a regular road user of many different modes, so I don't understand why I would need a separate licence just to ride a bicycle. - Kimberley Nelson, Bike Calgary president

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