Here is the idea I told you about, I have never done this before, all input is appreciated:
Accidents occur because motorists and cyclists are unaware of existing rule of the road. Commuters feel insecure about choosing bicycle commuting. Motorists do not know what actions to expect from cyclists. Many people do not know what new on-street cycle lane graphics mean.
City of Boston Voluntary Commuter Bicycle license.
People who are serious about commuting in the city by bicycle ask for and receive a bicyclist license. This license involves a written test administered through the DMV and a signed agreement that the cyclist agrees to obey traffic laws, and follow basic safety procedures. The licensed cyclist would be given identifying paraphernalia, (TBD, for instance a distinctive reflective helmet badge and bicycle license plate)
Advantage to Cyclist:
Public relation campaign announces that Boston takes commuter cyclists seriously and encourages them.
PR Campaign also publicized exactly what the traffic laws are concerning cycling so that everyone knows.
Registration numbers etched onto bicycles and other make/model information is used by law enforcement to to track stolen or lost bikes.
Licensed cyclists will likely be taken more seriously in civil and criminal court cases against motorists.
Reserved public parking for licensed commuter cyclists.
Increased coordination with existing MBTA bicycle policies.
A cyclist’s 911 line for reporting hazards.
Partner-sponsored Commuter Cyclist rescue vehicles?
A web-based community of cycling commuters.
Many local businesses will likely provide additional perks.
Advantage to Motorist:
Can reasonably predict the actions of the licensed cyclist viz stop signs, turning, …etc.
Licensed commuter cyclists agree to appropriate safety and visibility gear, including lights, helmets, reflective vests, bells,…etc. making it easier for motorists to coexist.
Some motorists may choose to commute by bicycle.
Advantage to City:
A more bicycle-friendly city
Better quality of life.
Organize and regulate commuter cycling community.
Licensure through existing DMV, minimal cost after development. A minimal license fee is reasonable ($25/year?)
Public Relations campaign and kickoff. Partner with industry, media, and similar related public programs to minimize expenses.
City staffing of bicycle hotline, cyclists 911 line, and general commuter info line. Web site. Printed rules/suggestions for cyclists.