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Dear PoPville – Would you be willing to pay a Bike Tax to improve roads?

by Prince Of Petworth August 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm 113 Comments


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“Dear PoPville,

I came across this blog post from Straight Outta Suburbia and thought you might want to bring this idea up to readers: would bikers be willing to pay a bike tax?

Basically, the thesis of the author is this: roads are paid for, at least theoretically, with state and federal gas taxes. These are intended to serve as “user fees.” The people who use the road the most pay for it the most. Bikers often complain about the poor condition of roads, lack of bike lanes, etc. But they also don’t pay the gas taxes needed to maintain those roads and create those bike lanes.

Would they be willing to pay some sort of bike tax to get those improvements? If they are, it would probably provide some cover from fiscal conservatives who oppose these improvements because of their costs.”

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