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April 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Bicycle Master Plan: Require training, exams, licensing and toll collection for bicyclists

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

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