POV | Taxing Cyclists Is a Good Idea (6/24/14) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POV | Taxing Cyclists Is a Good Idea (6/24/14)

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Bicyclists are getting a lot more attention than usual in Louisville. Full lanes on some Louisville Streets were recently restricted to "bikes only" in order to make two-wheeled commuting downtown safer.  I like the idea of more people using bikes to commute, but I'm afraid there aren't enough people doing it to justify the expense and inconvenience to drivers. Maybe this is a "build it and they will come" scenario so I'll be happy to wait and see.  

Now, I hear the Metro Council is considering an ordinance that would tax cyclists through a licensing fee.

This is a good idea.

First, there is a cost of painting all these new bike lanes.  Riders who use them should offset the expense to a greater extent.  Kids should be exempt, of course, but adults who put their bikes on city streets should have to license them just like they do their cars.  If you add another car to your garage you expect to pay to have it licensed.  A bike is another vehicle.  It should be licensed too.

Secondly, I believe bicyclists should be required to obey the rules of the road and if they don't they should be ticketed just like motorized drivers.   I'm tired of cyclists yelling about their rights on the road, as I watch many of them disregard stop signs and traffic lights.

But what do you think? Call and tell us.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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