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Bike tax?

People have been talking about a $54 annual bike tax, which would come along with bike registration and everything. I am having a hard time finding specifics. Anyone want to shed some light on this?
People have been talking about a $54 annual bike tax, which would come along with bike registration and everything. I am having a hard time finding specifics. For example, which part of the government is proposing such a tax? The city of Portland, or the state of Oregon? How would such a tax be enforced? My initial reaction is that this is bullshit, although if people really want bikes to "pay their fair share" (as if bicycles destroy road infrastructure in the same way as cars), maybe I would accept a tax on stuff sold at bike shops.

It's a state of Oregon thingy 10.Mar.2009 13:24

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

and I won't be participating. I suspect it will require labels on bicycles, denoting who paid,and who did not. This is one more method of government tracking, that I'm completely opposed to.

Look, bicycle infrastructure is not for cyclists. it's for drivers. That's the simple truth. If it wasn't for drivers, we'd have all the infrastructure we need already.

more control (excerpts) 12.Mar.2009 01:32

please put my nuts in your vice, sirs!

3) The department shall maintain a database of information collected about bicycle ownership from the registration applications, registration renewal forms, license transfer forms, change of address forms and change of ownership forms. The information contained in the database shall be available to any law enforcement agency. + }

SECTION 11. { + (1) Whenever the owner of any bicycle registered under sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act sells or transfers ownership of the bicycle, the owner shall report the sale or transfer to the Department of Transportation within 15 days of the sale or transfer. (2) Whenever the owner of any bicycle registered under sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act changes address, the owner shall notify the department of the new address within 15 days of the change of address. (3) Failure to report a change of ownership or change of address to the department as required by this section is a violation punishable by a maximum fine of $25. + }

cyclists subsidize motorists 12.Mar.2009 18:04

organic brian

Cyclists subsidize motorists... cyclists subsidize motorists. Repeat it like a mantra. The average cyclist subsidizes the average motorist. Fuel taxes only pay for a fraction of the total cost of road infrastructure, and that doesn't do much more than cover the cost of maintenance due to wear by motor vehicles. The wear caused by bicycles (tricycles, pedal-power in general) is negligible. The infrastructure for cyclists is very cheap compared to building a freeway or parking garage. A bike staple costs about two hundred bucks and can park two to four bikes depending on how it is used, a car parking space takes up a lot more space, for only one vehicle, and costs thousands of dollars. Anyone who has a job pays taxes through their income tax, and anyone who has a home pays taxes through their property tax or their landlord's property tax.

The roads belong to everyone, and like I said cyclists are already footing more of the bill than motorists.


 link to bikeportland.org


A 1995 study titled "Whose Roads?" by cycling advocate Todd Litman laid all this out in detail. The study estimated that automobile users pay an average of 2.3 cents per mile in user fees, including fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, while they actually impose 6.5 cents per mile in road service costs. Who pays the difference? It's picked up by general taxes and property assessments. So while bicyclists pay an equal share of those taxes, they impose costs averaging only 0.2 cents per mile in road service costs.

Bike registration mistake 14.Mar.2009 10:35


I bounced over to a discussion on the proposed $54 Oregon bicycle licensing fee on MTBR.com where I was reading reviews of a $160 suspension seatpost to make the "cycling infrastructure" as comfortable as a compacted soil path on the side of a mountain.

I was online reviewing a "thudbuster" suspension seatpost for the bicycle I use to commute daily on one of our "multi use paths". These were known as bike paths in better times but have become the domain of the multi poochy walking elderly, leaving the bicycle user lowest on the pole according to any and all right of way signage posted on these paths. Why, you might ask, would I need a suspension seatpost on one of these "cycling infrastructures"? Because the money supposedly spent to "maintain" these wretched monstrosities has been diverted leaving the path between Talent and Medford more bumpy than most of the singletrack offroad trails on mount Ashland!

Has Springwater been resurfaced or is it still a long asshatchet?

Being the owner of an automobile like many cyclists, I already pay my "fair share" in taxes and fees to support the "infrastructure". This is especially true considering I put less than 5000 miles a year wear and tear on the roads with my compact car. I use a bicycle to commute over 80% of the time. So goes the stock argument for bike registration. . .

I understand big complicated words like paradigm, infrastructure and tax base. I prefer simple terms that get straight to the point though like BULLSHIT, RIPOFF and LIE


The $54 registration fee is wrong in so many ways.

1) It opens the door to draconian behavior towards bicyclists. STOP, THINK and realize the implications.

2) It discourages overall use of the bicycle. This encourages the alternative which is more noisy motorized transportation.

3) It encourages MORE government intrusion into areas where theres no need.

4) It GROWS the government beast even more.

I never had a problem with the Sellwood bridge crossing
I don't need to be robbed to pay for white lines on the road that direct me into the rubble while riding. Those bike lanes are in the way when I'm driving.
I don't enjoy dodging little kids, horse droppings and old ladies tethered to three dogs on a semipaved path.
I'm fine with my place on the road as "that piece of shit on a bike"

So. . . .Please Mr government: