For the most part, I try not to be one of those obnoxious "one less car" type of cyclists. I tend to ride down quiet back streets, and if traffic is crazy, I'll often get on the sidewalk, rather than getting all worked up and going to a city council meeting, demanding a bike lane.
However, I've noticed that the newest conservative anti-bike talking point (which I see popping up multiple times in just about any conversation about cycling), is that cyclists should have to get a special license, and should have to carry liability insurance. Now, I'll go into my problem with these talking points in a moment, but my actual reaction is mainly just, really? You want to go that way? Even though it's just fucking stupid?
So, to all the bike hating motorists, who think that insurances and licenses sound like a good way to get bikes off the road by making it harder to own a bike, let me point out a few realities.
The reason your car needs a license and insurance, is because it is a giant, deadly, difficult to operate, one ton metal cage, that you slam down the road at 80mph. Drivers kill tens of thousands of people every year, and do literally hundreds of billions of dollars in damage every year (according to AAA). A dude balancing on top of a couple wheels, held together by a few metal sticks, going around 15mph, just doesn't have the same destructive force. In fact, when there is a bicycle collision, the damage typically isn't even as much as the average insurance deductible.
Come on, you all know that you aren't demanding that cyclists be licensed and insured because it makes any sense, you are demanding it because you are a bunch of vengeful little children, who think that cyclists need to be punished for daring to take up your road, and making you five minutes late to meet your friends, so you can party, and drive home drunk.