You cyclists suck
Argysnufulufugus links to an article in the Seattle paper that I also saw, thought about posting about and decided not to bother. I really don't have much to say as the article didn't provide any real information other than a bunch of people want cyclists to get off the road and a bunch of other people think the first group are jerks. There's no real analysis or context to really indicate whether either group a)represents a significant constituency or b)their ideas have any actual merit. The only real information provided was the licencing experiment in California, which was primarily done to help identify stolen bikes.
Now, that's not to say that there aren't legitimate arguments on either side. It's just to say that the article itself doesn't provide the reader with any real knowledge. All my reactions are based on my own experience and subject to hasty generalizations. For example, most people I know who suggest licensing bicycles do seem to believe this will remove them from the road (although I've never been able to ascertain how this would work). Additionally, these same people also seemed to want everyone else off the road too. However, that doesn't really prove much since the people I've met don't necesarily represent the views of the general public.
So to summarize: I just thought the article was vapid and lazy.