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by Jay Stevens

We’ve had some pretty rousing bike talk here at the b’birds, mainly from motorists who claim that bicyclists — who don’t pay any gas tax — are freeloaders on the city streets. Naturally, I disagree. Bikes don’t require the streets that cars do, bikes don’t wear down the streets.

Still, the question lingers.

Fortunately, there’s Daniel Nairn, who did the math, and concludes:

In the final analysis, as much as Hummer Jake may not want to admit it, bicyclists are the taxpayers who are actually subsidizing motorists. Fortunately, most folks are not too worried about accidentally paying a little to help somebody else out.

Yup, bikers are subsidizing motorists’ bad habits.

I certainly would be in favor of paying some sort of bicycle tax if that meant the city would tear up those unslightly and extremely dangerous roads designed for cars and build in their place pleasant little paved bike paths throuought the city…

You know, I’m beginning to feel a lot less generous than Daniel. Maybe I should get a tax refund based on the number of miles I bike in the city…




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