Maybe its time for bicycle riders to pay some taxes to cover the costs of the construction and maintenance of bicycle lanes, bicycle overpasses, bicycle racks and bicycle lanes striping.

by James K. Sayre

22 Feb. 2004

 

It was depressing to read that some of the bicycle-riding Berkeley social engineers want to impose an automobile tax within their City limits. Hmm. How about their support for a bicycle tax to help pay for the city's bicycle lanes, bicycle overpasses, bicycle racks and bicycle lanes striping. A ten dollar per year bicycle State registration tax would be helpful to help fund these public amenities used by bicyclists. Presently, bicyclists consider these publicly-funded amenities as "free." Of course, nothing is truly "free" these days, there is always some financial cost, some social cost and some environmental cost for everything. Also, the City of Berkeley has the most City employees per thousand residents of any city in California. That is their prerogative, but maybe the bicyclists could also chip in to help pay for their massive city bureaucracy.