Now that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made bike riding, bike lanes, and bike programs a city-wide issue, the question is whether bike owners and riders should have to pay their fair share of the costs to the city’s roadways, according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday.
After all, the roadways in Chicago include many new bike lanes which used to belong to the vehicle drivers for driving or parking. Those bike lanes need cleaning, snow removal, and maintenance upkeep just like the portion of the road used by vehicle drivers.
Bicycling has become more prevalent in Chicago with the new bicycle program which involves shared-bicycle stations all over the city. Not only does the idea of having the bike riders get a fee or tax for their vehicular use sound fair to many persons, but it also would help the city with its dismal finances.
Recently, a city councilman proposed a $25 annual cycling tax. If the idea flies, Chicago wouldn’t be the first place to have such taxes. Hawaii and several cities known for heavy bicycling have had fees and taxes assessed in the past.