Spokesman-Review Letters to the editor
To help the environment, the city keeps adding bike lanes. While well-intended, I believe it has a reverse result. Arterials are cut from four lanes to two lanes, causing traffic jams with resulting auto pollution. Road wear is double on the remaining lanes. Add to this the enormous cost of paint and signs for bike lanes that are rarely used.
Since I doubt there is any way to stop this trend, at least bicycles should be licensed to pay toward the cost. In 1948, I paid 50 cents as a child to license my bicycle. Today, a $33 fee for an adult bicycle license would be appropriate.
I’m going to ignore the part about the bike lanes being ‘barely used’ and skip right to the issue of licensing bikes. This is the second time in a day that I’ve heard this suggestion. A caller commenting on our Regional Bike Plan made the same suggestion. And no, it wasn’t the same person as this caller was a woman. So what are your thoughts on licensing bikes?