Bicycle Tax

Bicycle Tax {probably coming soon here too!}

Take a look at the most utterly stupid story below. Of course, it’s out of Oregon – and it involves TAXING bicycle purchases even more. Yep. A stiff bicycle tax. An “excise tax” as they love to call them (instead of “ADDED TAX!”)

All the lefty cyclists are “up in arms” that they should help pay for the roads they use – and do not “pay their fair share” for.

bicycle tax hated by cyclists

But should bikers also be forced to pay?

It’s a tricky nut to crack. While on one hand – if only some of the users of the road pay for ALL users of the road – then, sure it sounds fair. Heck, they were “cheering” when drivers had to pay $0.10 more per gallon recently – why not a taste of their own medicine?

However, the ENTIRE PREMISE of all the “hidden taxes” that exist in our world today… Gas tax. Sales tax. Road tolls. I’d say this is a BAD PATH to be on.

So sure, it sounds funny to burn the cyclists – but a downright terrible idea. The communities (even with different beliefs) should band together to strip governments across the country down to the BARE MINIMUM.

And yes – that includes NEVER installing a single solitary bike lane. We say “bike at your own risk,” you pansies!

First bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown expected to sign $15 excise tax on bikes over $200

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.

Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”

“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.

Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier blasted what he described as Ms. Brown’s “endless obsession with finding new and innovative ways to take money out of the pockets of Oregon taxpayers.”

“She just continues to view the people of her state as nothing more than a piggy bank to fund her efforts to impose job-killing policies,” said Mr. Currier in a statement. “Now add anti-healthy, environmentally-unfriendly policies to that list.”

The bike tax is aimed at raising $1.2 million per year in order to improve and expand paths and trails for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Supporters point out that Oregon has no sales tax, which means buyers won’t be dinged twice for their new wheels.

Oregon relies instead on its income tax, among the highest in the nation at 9.9 percent for top marginalized individual filers, according to the Tax Foundation.

Two-wheelers are a big deal in Oregon: Portland was ranked the third-most bike-friendly city in 2016 by Bicycling magazine, citing the 7.2 percent of residents who commute by bicycle.

Bikers cheered last year when Portland passed a four-year, 10-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline aimed at improving roads, but the measure also fueled complaints that bicycle riders have failed to pay their share for such projects.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, defended the state bike tax, calling it a “modest fee” that raises the profile of the bicycling community in the transportation debate.
“One of the arguments we hear repeatedly is that cyclists don’t have any skin in the game … so there’s been blowback,” Mr. Blumenauer told BikePortland.

The Street Trust, a Portland pro-bike group, praised the overall transportation package while saying that the bike tax “sends the wrong message to those trying to help.”

“Let’s be frank: This bike tax is very disappointing,” said The Street Trust’s Romain Bonilla. “It’s also well worth the investments in bike safety and accessibility. There are more opportunities ahead for us to stand up for our shared priorities and mitigate the negative impact of the bike tax.”

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