NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says he is "increasingly persuaded" that a licensing system needs to be introduced for cyclists on the state's roads to combat an alarming number of rider deaths.
In what is sure to spark debate among road users, Mr Gay also signalled that he was considering banning bicycles from certain roads in Sydney to ensure riders' safety.
Mr Gay told 2UE Breakfast that, while both motorists and cyclists needed to take more care on the roads, he was actively looking at introducing a licensing system for cyclists.
"The thing I really need to look at is, if we're going to put rules in place, and I need to be tougher on car drivers, but I am increasingly persuaded that we need to look at a licence for cyclists ...," Mr Gay said.
"It's not going to worry the ones that are doing the right thing, but the bad ones that are running lights, crossing over, being aggressive, they're a large part of the statistic."
Mr Gay said the number of cyclist deaths this year was down on last year, "but that's no huge solace because last year was a record year".
Last year 14 cyclists died on NSW roads, which was double the the figure of the previous year.
"We need to get people to be more careful, but the key is to get the people in bigger vehicles to understand that they need to be more observant, but the other part is we need cyclists to actually obey the rules and be helpful as well," Mr Gay said.
He acknowledged that his comments would be contentious.
"Before the phones run off the hook, as I know they will, it is a very small section of cyclists that don't do the right thing. It would be probably under one per cent," he said.
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