Motorists get taxed and licensed and god-knows-what a million times for driving their cars.
Nothing wrong with that, just don’t give other transportation modes a free ride.
But why can’t cyclists pay their fair share if Ottawans are spending millions on bike lanes? They should be licensed and extra-taxed to cover their infrastructure. Gas taxes go toward roads and transit. Why can’t cyclists pay for some of what they are getting? Where did cyclists get a free ride while the rest of us pay?
Cycling lobbyists respond by saying they pay their property taxes, too, so they are already covering cycling lanes. Well drivers are paying extra money through various auto taxes for the use of their vehicles. Where does it say in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that bicycle lanes are free for users?
Even the ever-present cycling lobby can’t find that clause though its members will say that was an oversight and quote three dubious sources to say that was the original plan.
If the planning department can live off development fees for its on-going costs, why can’t cyclists pay for part of their new infrastructure and have that money used for cycling law enforcement and infrastructure?
Put some police on bikes out there to end the wild west of cycling rules in Ottawa. And fine the licensed riders who break the law. There is another source of revenue. That’s what happens with drivers … break the law when the police are watching and you get a fine and demerit points on your licence.
Cyclists want respect. You get respect by paying for what you use and having an enforceable set of rules by which to live.
Cyclists have neither. And if it is expensive, so be it. It’s expensive to drive a car but people pay because they need it.
Cyclists can’t pay for what they need? Maybe they don’t need bicycles.
You want cycling to be taken seriously? Well perhaps if cyclists act like mature adults and are willing to take responsibility for the cost and enforcement of cycling and its rules, maybe Ottawans will see bicycles as more than a glorified toy.
Video above: Riding the O’Connor bike lanes.
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