In 2012, for example, cyclists and pedestrians will have trails 14-feet wide in SoDo near the stadiums. Any Highway 520 floating bridge schematic includes a lane for cyclists. How about if they help pay their share? If Interstate 90 and Highway 520 bridges are tolled, it’s only logical to expect cyclists to pay a modest toll, too, for access to a great path across the water and spectacular views.
Jon touched on this, and just as I thought it would, the discussion of this issue devolved into an argument on the merits of bicycling and on area cyclist’s adherence to certain traffic laws. Yawn.
What’s more interesting about this issue making a major – major! – daily newspaper’s opinion page is how totally out of touch the writer seems to be about the basics of how we pay for these bicycle improvements. I’ll let this comment from the Times’ column do the explaining:
I saw this ‘enlightening’ article after riding my bicycle with my partner from the condo that we own and passed the car that we also own, to a local coffee shop, where we bought coffees and something to eat. But wait – we own a home and a car and bought prepared food and yet, according to Vesely we are not, “true members of the world of transportation, rather than free riders on the tax rolls?”
I guess all this time we, as cyclists, have been paying taxes that we shouldn’t have? Can I get a refund then?