News Blame Me
posted by December 26 at 11:30 AMon
In 2007, I got rid of my car, joined Flex car, and bought a real bike.
I’ve had goofy bikes in the past, but I never made biking a real part of my life because I’m pretty klutzy. Now, I bike everywhere.
So what happens? First the Flex Car tax and now this idea.
I’m not sure where I stand on the idea of making bikers register. My gut tells me it’s not as simple as angry car owners make it out to be. Car owners gripe that they pay for roads through car fees, so why shouldn’t bikers help fund roads and bike lanes and bike trails?
Well, actually car owners pay for roads mostly through gas taxes, not car fees.
And here’s the real rub: Car owners are the ones who use and batter roads and cause congestion and emissions—all things that spike the cost of living for all of us.
Meanwhile, bikes save us all money—lowering congestion, easing emissions, and barely leaving any wear and tear on roads. So, why should government put up a barrier to getting more people on bikes?