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April 28, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Bicycle Master Plan: Focus on the ‘greater good’ instead of targeting cyclists

Donna Grethen / Op Art

I find it difficult to believe, yet again, that this discussion of taxing or licensing bicycles is back on the table [“How would it work to make cyclists pay?” Northwest Voices, April 19]. It is based on some ethos of “two wheels bad, four wheels better.”

There somehow remains the ill-founded notion that cycle commuters are scofflaws who live in a magical, parallel universe free of tax. I own a home in Ballard, I own a car and I own and ride five bicycles.

Guess what? I paid city and state taxes for every single one of these purchases. I have commuted more than 5000 miles yearly for the last 10 years. I have paid the very same taxes for the roads that are paid by other drivers.

I, apparently out of line with current trends, believe in the “greater good.” and realize that my actions are not merely affecting my own life. Seattle faces myriad issues regarding transportation, and micro-focusing on the fantasy of the tax-free lifestyle of the cyclist is a waste of energy.

Pat Sherwood, Seattle

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