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April 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bicycle Master Plan: Why not license bikes? We already license boats

Jonathan Martin’s reasoning for bicyclists not paying their way makes no sense [“The problem with taxing bicyclists in Seattle,” Opinion Northwest, April 16].

He claims the administrative costs for taxing and /or licensing bikers is too high and hard to enforce. If this were the case, how can we afford the administrative cost of licensing boats, pets, hunting, fishing, shellfishing, crabbing, shrimping, etc.

Take boats, for example. A small fishing boat with a motor requires a license. The sticker must be affixed to the boat and renewed every year. A trailer also requires a license, and if you use a state launch site you pay another fee. Why is this is cost-effective and licensing bikes is not?

It’s time for the biking community to step up to paying for their expensive activity. Many of us who don’t own bikes object to paying the same amount to support biking as those receiving the benefit.

James Lowndes, Renton

Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, boating, James Lowndes

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