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Old 03-10-2013, 05:10 AM
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Default Wash. state politician says bicycles bad for environment, need to be taxed

I think we should go up to every voter who approved of this nutsack and smack them on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper...

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Wash. state politician says bicycles bad for environment, need to be taxed

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Washington state Senate Democrats recently produced a $10 billion transportation package which supports a raise on gas taxes, car tabs, and even a $25 tax on bicycles that cost more than $500.

In an email to Dale Carlson, owner of Bike Tech in Tacoma, Washington Rep. Ed Orcutt (R), a member of the State Transportation Committee, defended the idea of a bike tax by saying, "Sorry, but I do think that bicyclists need to start paying for the roads they ride on rather than make motorists pay."

“When you are riding your bicycle, tell me what taxes are being generated by the act of riding your bicycle,” Orcutt said to the Seattle Bike Blog.

Yet Orcutt's main support for the tax comes from his belief that riding a bicycle is worse than driving a car for the environment.


"A cyclists [sic] has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride," he said.

Evan Manvel, a writer for Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club said, "The package’s proposed bike excise tax ($25 on sales of bikes costing more than $500) would harm hard-working small business owners. Most such bikes are sold by small family-owned bike shops and this would impose red tape and costs for them while creating virtually no revenue.
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Will this revenue produced by the tax be used for bike lanes? Most likely just gobbled up the big government machine. They will never end the quest for things to tax until they start getting voted out en-mass.
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Will this revenue produced by the tax be used for bike lanes? Most likely just gobbled up the big government machine. They will never end the quest for things to tax until they start getting voted out en-mass.
Either voted out or physically booted out if they give the finger to the law they are sworn to uphold.
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