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Originally posted by mblahnikluver
What?! This actually made me laugh. A bike tax?
Originally posted by NthOther
Bicycling is bad for the environment, but not for the reasons this politician is talking about. Where do you think all that bicycling stuff comes from? People were coerced into holes dug into the earth to extract the resources from which the bikes are built. The rubber tires, plastic components, and paint wouldn't exist without oil. The thing won't even work without lubrication. The parts couldn't be manufactured, assembled, and distributed without extensive and complicated (not to mention economically compulsory) production and transportation systems that consume even more resources and damage the land base.
Then you have the helmets, the shoes, the gloves, the obligatory $150 sunglasses, and the outrageous spandex shirt that hopefully makes people think you're sponsored. Where does it all come from? Is that good for the environment? Is it good for us?
Originally posted by TLomon
For those that are interested, an actual study based on actual facts is available at ECF. They actually take into account the entire life cycle of CO2 (such as delivering food for a person to eat, etc.). A summary of the findings can be found here.
I have spent time talking with residents of the 20th District about the needs of their communities, and what they told me is my agenda: more jobs, not more taxes.
“When you are riding your bicycle, tell me what taxes are being generated by the act of riding your bicycle,” he said. “Sales tax does not go into roads.” -Ed Orcutt
Originally posted by TLomon
I am too busy laughing at this while I posted it. This person is an elected official? How can someone this stupid get into office? Still laughing here.
Originally posted by signalfire
Not sure if you're being facetious or not, but Ivan Illich once wrote a wonderful treatise on the fact that you can never really go faster than a bicycle. Once you factor in cost of various modes of transportation and the average amount of wage/hours needed to pay for them, a bicycle is faster than even the Concorde or the Space Shuttle.
Properly maintained, a bike can last many decades. I still have one that's a British Raleigh (with a wonderful leather seat, I love that thing) that was manufactured during WWII or thereabouts. Except for a few new tires now and then, it's gorgeous. The rest of your complaints are silly but you knew that, right?
Originally posted by James1982
in this area bikers are terrible. they blow through stops signs. they blow through red lights. they cause traffic accidents. they hit pedestrians. they have a holier than thou attitude. we also can no longer turn right on a red light at many intersections, because the stupid city has installed a huge area for bikers to rest their poor wittle wegs at a light. they are constantly hitting parked cars on the side of the road and scratching them up
bikers are like a plague in the pacific north west