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Paying for bike lanes

Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I agree that bike paths and lanes should be encouraged, but why should the funding for those things come out of the vehicle licensing and fuel taxes paid by all drivers?

If you want such things, then perhaps the best thing to do would be to do as they do in Europe. Enact a license plate scheme for bicycles, and the funds raised through that would pay for the added construction costs of bicycle-only lanes.

Don’t forget, as a nonbicyclist, I already pay through my property taxes to construct and maintain the bicycle paths that exist in the county. Our roads are in bad enough shape without taking funding from them to pay for lanes motor vehicles are not allowed to use.

Richard Fischer

Spring Grove

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