The Wisconsin bike fed argues that bicyclists already pay too much.
They argue they pay enough through gas taxes, registration fees, and “property taxes”
( Look where it says bicyclists don’t pay for their own bike lanes on the page I linked to )
Since I am the opposition, here is my point of view:
1. If you have a motor vehicle, and rarely drive it, how are you paying any gas tax when you don’t pump any gas into your tank?
2. No one cares if you have to pay registration fees, it doesn’t grant you special privileges to bitch and complain when you don’t drive your motor vehicle. Remember, if you choose to ride a bicycle, and not drive, that is your problem! Don’t get all pissy when people say bicyclists don’t share the costs of the road, we know you don’t!
3. Places that require trail passes, they’re incredibly affordable. State trail passes are $20 annually, or 4 bucks a day!
Why do bicyclists think they have a right to ride where ever they please without sharing any of the fees, or costs?
Why are bicyclists so opposed to any taxes or fees, and license plates?
Before this is brought up, I bet they will say this excuse: “Less people will ride bicycles”
Why do bicyclists think they deserve a free lunch?
Why do bicyclists think motorists should pay higher licensing and registration costs to foot the bill for bicycle infrastructure, all while bashing motor vehicles, and people who drive them?
4. They argue they’re paying for all these bicycle lanes & infrastructure at the general property tax at the local level, I have to disagree yet again. Here’s why:
I live in an area that is in the planning stages of bicycle pathways, the city can’t fully fund it. Yet they get more money then the state does out of property taxes! Any ways, every time this certain city would do road work, they couldn’t afford it, and state/federal funding was used, which means complete streets rules kick in ( complete streets often takes away parking for cars, which slaps property owners on those roads at least twice, because they’re penalized because they have a vehicle, and have lost road parking space, and possibly a special assessment added to the tax bill for the people that own property on that street ( which technically would be three slaps).
5. This one makes me laugh! They argue that the bicycle industry in the state already pays millions in sales and income tax.
Since when does the bicycle industry ride on bicycle paths? Since technically a corporation isn’t a person, unless they declared other wise.
How does the bicycle industry paying millions in sales and income tax give bicyclists the right to shirk fees & taxes!?
6. Those road ways bicyclists continue to complain about, are the reason why they are able to get anywhere. Yet they continue to bad mouth those vary roads.
7. Here is another argument they use: They say they don’t contribute to societal costs, like climate change, and air & water pollution. Here is my arguments:
8. Manufacturing bicycles create carbon emissions.
9. Manufacturing uses fossil fuels!
10. Delivering these bicycles to their destinations where they will be sold creates carbon emissions and pollution.
11. Remember when riding a bicycle you’re exhaling out carbon emissions.
12. All of the above are supposed contributors to climate change, and of course water, & air pollution.
13. I am not sure how a bicycle is going to slow down or stop climate change ( bicycles aren’t going to stop, or slow down climate change, or global warming/cooling ), I often wonder what climate do they want to stay on?
14.The Proposed $25 bike tax. the bike fed doesn’t like it since it goes into the general fund, doesn’t that sound like hypocrisy? That is like a motorist saying, well I don’t want my license and registration & fuel tax fees going into the general fund and being used for bicycle lanes/infrastructure. That would be called anti-bike.
There really should be a two tier taxing system, one for bicyclists, and one for motor vehicles. The bicycle fund goes into bicycle infrastructure, and the motor vehicle fund goes towards motor vehicle only infrastructure. ( if you want to ride a bicycle & drive a motor vehicle, they would have to pay both tax tiers ) Maybe motorists can get protected motor vehicle only roads/lanes, besides the interstate highway, ( sarcasm )
15. The bike fed says the bicycle industry should be at the table.
Did the auto industry, and motorists get to be at the table when the vulnerable road user law was crafted?
Remember you wanted to be equals and keep saying “share the road” Well it is time for bicyclists to pay up, and share the fees & taxes, and time to require license plates on bicycles, just like they’re required for motor vehicles.