Re: Your government at work:
I can remember in the 1960s when there was a bicycle license ordinance in my city. I had a small, pressed steel license plate. A neighboring city had plastic decals. And I don't know how widespread it was. But I had the impression that it was common. And I don't know why it faded away. But I have the impression that there was no enforcement and no compliance.
I'm not crazy about licensing bicycles. But if it takes away the autos argument that we 'don't belong' on the roads, then I'd be fairly happy about paying a small fee. But if we were licensed, then law enforcement would have to take that issue more seriously.
And that Yahoo News article pointed at the revenues generated being used to pay for bicycle infrastructure. That's not necessarily a bad thing at all.
I'm still not a big fan of licensing. But it doesn't have to be bad. And if we ever become truly common, then it'll probably be necessary.