Bicycle tragedies & complete streets

Bicycle tragedies in Muskego, I dislike speculating at who is at fault, however,  Considering State Highway 36 has vehicles going at  55mph plus,  and how bicyclists like to ride side by side, some areas of the shoulder have a rumble strip area. I also notice there is an unpaved trail, maybe they could get that paved so there is no reason to ride on a 55mph zone highway. It is stupid to chance riding some where like that.

 Another bicycle crash in Primose, WI  This time there was a tour of 120 bicyclists, there doesn’t appear to be any paved shoulders, oh and NO! complete streets are not going to go way out in the middle of no where for any of these roads in this incident.  How much space do 120 bicyclists take up in a road lane, and how far back does it stretch out?  It is dangerous to ride bicycles on these back roads.  Bicycles need to be prohibited from more road ways, it is the only way to keep them safe.

To point out again, complete streets won’t touch either of the areas where these accidents happened. Complete streets aren’t going to prevent bicycle crashes, preventing these problems requires non-driver education, and the bicycle coalition to admit there are bad bicyclists out there that take a risk,  and the driver gets blamed for bicyclist stupidity.  License plates on bicycles would be a big help in keeping order on the road ways.

It’s time for bicyclists to pay up!

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.

Cost of complete streets: It doesn’t matter!!

One of the very reasons why I dislike complete streets, is that it doesn’t allow flexibility!  You can’t turn it down if you are using state/federal funding.  Which is reason enough to repeal complete streets.

Let me say this, sidewalks are a given, bicycle lanes are NOT!

It doesn’t matter what the lopsided numbers are from smart growth america,  or from anything else that forces bicycle lanes where they don’t belong.

Complete streets don’t make anything safe, only educating the non-drivers will create safety,   common sense would help, but non-drivers often just don’t have that,  that also goes for some drivers out there too.

Getting back to complete streets,   imagine one side of the street where they take away parking for motor vehicles,  and put a bicycle lane there.  They say it increases property value,  I question the logic In that,   what backwards way does adding crap no one wants improve property value?  Does painting a bold colors in a house increase value?  or decrease value?  Do certain colors on the outside of a house decrease value? or increase value?

The answer is obvious, but ideologues apparently trump reality.

Wisconsin Drops in state rankings for bicycling

State rankings for wisconsin bicycling falls from 3 to 9 over PROPOSED, state budget for the fall!!  According to League of american bicyclists.    Is this what they call “jumping the shark?”

Looking at the report for wisconsin,  the top 10 signs of success,  they have got 7 out of 10!

These requirements should be met before bicycle advocates get what they want.

1. State-wide non-driver education.  (   educating just drivers is exactly why these safety/education programs continue to fail ).

2. Just like in those bicycle races,  those bicyclists have to be identifiable by a number(s) that they attach to their front and back.  Why can’t this be done  in Wisconsin to make bicyclists accountable/identifiable like motorists?

If it helps, just pretend you’re in a race! I don’t want to hear that poor excuse “less people will ride their bicycles,”  that is a bunch of non-sense.

If bicycling is really that popular,  then people will continue to ride, regardless of being accountable/identifiable…Remember, all that screaming about “SHARING THE ROAD,” it is time to share the same set of motor vehicle rules that some bicyclists don’t seem to like.

Governors budget supposedly makes roads more dangerous for pedestrians & bicyclists

Where the hell are these places without side-walks? Are they complaining about roads outside the city limits ( you really shouldn’t be bicycling on those roads, as they’re unsafe )?

Complete streets are not going to put a sidewalk, or pave a road shoulder ( or rural road )  that gets very little pedestrian, and or bicycle traffic. Again, you shouldn’t be walking or riding on these roads,  unless absolutely necessary.

Seems like the exceptions ( loop holes ) for free ways & any place where it would be cost prohibitive to for bike ways, and sidewalks,  are not liked,  but that is the vibe I get from the opinion column.

The only thing that makes roads less safe are:  Arrogant  careless bicycle zealots, careless distracted pedestrians, and of course lazy idiot distracted drivers.