Yesterday I got chatting to another cyclist at the work bike rack. She had just started here and wanted to know where to get a key for the locked bike racks. Anyway she happened to mention that she occasionally cycles on the path, because the roads are too dangerous. Mmm. I bit my lip and just mentioned that a lot of accidents happen when coming on and off pavements and so the path might not be a safe as she thinks. Anyway, it was all kept light and we parted happy enough. However, this go me thinking. A lot of people are now buying bikes through the cycle to work scheme to save on tax. A good idea that encourages people to cycle to work. However, could we not link this with cycle training (which I think is generally a good idea). How about if, to be allowed to buy a bike on the cycle to work scheme, the cyclist would have to take part in a bikeability type course. This could be funded either by the cyclist, where the cost of the course would be added to the bike but would also be tax free, or could be government funded as further encouragement to use a bike and to use the cycle to work scheme. This way the amount of trained cyclists on the road would slowly increase over time eventually leading to a critical mass of cyclists who would know at least the basics of good road cyclecraft. How much do bikeability courses cost? What do you think of the idea? Of course this wouldn't solve the problems of drivers not understanding cyclists issues, however, with more and more cyclists riding appropriately they might begin to understand and possibly even accommodate us more. Discuss!