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Just a quick thought. Switzerland has long had a compulsory scheme where bikes have to be taxed and insured. Known in French as a vignette, cyclists have displayed a sticker on their bikes that’s been available in post offices each year, just as motorists need a sticker to use the Swiss motorway network.
I’m just wondering if this national scheme influenced minds at the UCI? Could the idea of every bike being stickered in Switzerland seem normal to the Aigle-based governing body whilst looking bizarre to everyone else in the world?
Note that Switzerland scrapped the vélo vignette in 2010 after it was proving hard to enforce and against the backdrop of most residents already having third party insurance. Hopefully the UCI will also drop its compulsory scheme.