Make cycling proficiency a compulsory part of driving licence

Drivers should take cycling lessons – it will give them firsthand experience of what it's like to ride a bike on the roads
Bike blog : Cycling lessons for car drivers : Child with bicycle on the way to school
Compulsory cycling lessons for drivers will improve safety on roads. Photograph: Norman/Corbis
Dan Harris's tragic death last Wednesday and Bradley Wiggins' response have put cycle safety in the news again. But while we'd all lovebetter cycling infrastructure, there is neither the money nor the political will to make our streets safer for cyclists. For all the positive talk about increasing the bike awareness component of the driving test, there is a limit to how much you can tell someone to be aware of their position on the road, and a limit to the effect that theoretical knowledge can have. So why not make cycle proficiency a mandatory condition for getting a driving licence?