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Some experts say for road safety, cyclists should pass a test before being allowed on public roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
REPORTED ON 12 FEBRUARY, CBT
It is suggested that those who opt for cycle on public roads should pass a test before they are allowed to do so. I think whoever uses the roads should be aware of the traffic rules, but I do not feel that cyclists should pass a test similar to which is mandatory for the drivers of other vehicles.
The primary reason why I disagree to the suggestion is that when such a rule is enforced, the number of those who prefer to cycle would decline dramatically. From the environmental perspective, this move would not be beneficial. To be precise, when the number of cyclists shrinks, people would naturally opt for other modes of transportation, which are neither environmental-friendly nor energy-saving.
Another reason why I disagree is that cyclists would rarely exceed the speed limit, as it is strenuous to them to pedal fast. In most cases, the average speed of a cycle would be between 20 to 30 km/hour, which is not so dangerous. Instead of giving a test to the cyclists, it is always better to allot separate lanes for them. An exclusive lane for cyclists not only ensures their safety on roads, but also allows a smooth traffic.
I admit that every individual who is using the public roads should be aware of the traffic rules in order to avoid accidents. This not only implies to cyclists, but also to the pedestrians who frequently cross the roads. However, it does not seem to me that a test is mandatory for them.
To conclude, though every user of public roads should know about the traffic rules of the respective authorities, it is unwise to make cyclists to pass a test which is similar to other drivers.
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