There are some very simple and effective ways to increase revenue for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan without forcing another tax on vehicles and drivers [“How would it work to make cyclists pay?” Northwest Voices, April 19].
For a minimal $30 fee, require all bicyclists, beyond training-wheel stage, to take a bicycle courtesy and safety course, and then pass a written test. This could be accomplished online, reducing the need for additional bureaucracy. A $30 annual renewal fee could be accomplished online as well.
Upon completion of the exam, a bicyclist would receive a license plate to proudly attach to the back of his or her seat, clearly visible to cars, other bicyclists and newly installed — revenue generating — stop-sign and red-light signal cams throughout all of Seattle, including neighborhoods and bike trails. This would promote public safety and allow bicyclists — those who choose to continue to flout or ignore simple traffic laws — to help generate the required revenue for the Bicycle Master Plan.
Ben Stearns, Newcastle