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In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.
Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers alike.
BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”
“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient, and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.
Bikers cheered last year when Portland passed a four-year, 10-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline aimed at improving roads, but the measure also fueled complaints that bicycle riders have failed to pay their share for such projects.
originally posted by: Snarl
ETA: While we're at it ... let's make them carry around a Cyclist's license and make them register their bikes too.
originally posted by: seasonal
Things are not free, and bikes using paths and modifying roads is expensive. Where should the money come from?
originally posted by: GuidedKill
I'm torn on this. Cyclists are all ready chipping in by riding their bicycles and reducing our carbon footprint. And adding a bike lane is a marginal cost to paving a new road. Modifying an existing road however is a different matte all together.
Maybe one time bike registration fee would help to offset costs however it would have to be minimal. Think of all the poor and lower income who rely on bikes as their only form of transportation.
originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
Working in a bike heavy college town I'm of two minds about this.
Part of me really likes this idea and $15 per bike is not a lot of money (less than 1% of the bike's cost).
However part of me would rather not have the $15 tax, but would rather see the local law enforcement ticket bicyclists who break traffic laws.