Post Reply Do you think that Canadian cyclists should be required to pay an annual registration fee for road privileges and to help
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Posted 1/22/14 , edited 1/22/14
I was listening to the CBC some days ago and the topic came up.
http://mobilevideo.cbc.ca/u/ref~s-audio~~1~1~76678183~000020623622/1
With roadworks debt pretty much an issue all across the country, it makes sense to have cyclists pay for their own bike lanes, no?

These bike lane projects cost anywhere from five to twenty-five million dollars at a time and money used to pay for that comes from the pot of people who are paying vehicle registration fees, gas taxes, etc... road infrastructure debt is probably in the billions and when you look at that number and you look at the costs of these bike lanes, surely the money to fund the bike lanes could (and it should) be coming from somewhere else, the cyclists.

In regards to what the fee would be, right now places in the states are throwing around the same idea, they are proposing that it be anywhere from $20 to $40. It sounds fair to me, especially when you take into consideration that one road lane is usually removed in order to accommodate for the addition of a bike lane. What do you think?

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Posted 1/23/14
not sure if cyclists really need road privileges most major cities have alot of bike trails well at least the one in Alberta do. but if they are planing on make a separate lane on most roads not sure how they would pull this off since most of the roads already have traffic problems don't need to take another lane out like that. but then again it all depends how they go about it. But I don't see why the fee should be a bad thing is this just for people that are above the age of 18 -21?
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While the infrastructure for building bike lanes is expensive, the bikes themselves put less wear on the roads; ergo, encouraging more people to bike instead of drive means maintenance savings over the long term. Likewise, fewer cars on the roads means less congestion and a reduced (though arguably trivally so) contribution to global warming. I would note also that very few cyclists are *only* cyclists. Most of them do have cars or trucks that they use as well.

So until cycling becomes the norm rather than the exception, I am not only fine with cyclists not having to pay 'registration fees,' I'd even support further subsidizing them with tax credits.
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If they made bike only roads where literally ONLY cyclists could use them... i'd pay out the nose for that.
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