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Should Cyclists Need Licenses to Ride? Portland Weighs the Question

A proposed ballot initiative is raising the hackles of the bike mob, but could it be an opportunity to pressure for dramatic infrastructure upgrades?

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There's a rumble brewing over in Portlandia and the national bike community is paying attention. With a through-the-looking-glass perspective that perhaps could only be possible in bike-mad Portland, local business owner, Bob Huckaby, thinks the local bike boom has taxed a city infrastructure that can no longer keep up. His solution: mandate licenses for every cyclist without a drivers license and put license plates on every bike.

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Does Requiring Professional Licensing Stifle Entrepreneurship?

Regulators say licensing ensures safety and sanitation. Critics claim the education and training costs required for licenses are hurting the economy.


Do too many professions require state-level licensing, or should there be less regulation of certain trades? Some lawmakers say that making people take classes and pay fees to get into certain professions stifles economic growth and simply adds more bureaucratic red tape. On the other hand, a growing number of people employed in specialized fields want more education and licensing requirements. What's an aspiring cat groomer—or locksmith—to do?

According to the Wall Street Journal, people working in service industry fields say that increasing the amount of education required to get into, for example, personal training or tattoo artistry, will, "boost the prestige of their professions, provide oversight and protect consumers from shoddy work."

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