The City of Toronto has examined the idea of bicycle licensing on many occasions in response to concerns surrounding pedestrian safety, bike theft and compliance with the law.
Bicycle licensing has not been adopted as a solution to these issues. The studies asked what is purpose of licensing? If the goal is to increase cyclists' compliance with traffic laws, and to reduce the number of conflicts with pedestrians and other road users, then licensing as an approach needs to be compared with other possible initiatives.
Is the creation of the major bureaucracy that licensing would require worth it? The studies have concluded that licensing is not worth it. Learn about licensing issues in detail, as well as the history of licensing in Toronto.