I know a long time ago towns & cities used to require bicycle registration & charged a fee for it. I do not know if the funds went to improving roadways or anythng like that. I do not know why a fee was even charged except to maybe pay city hall for filing the paperwork when you registered your bike. I do not know if there was a penalty if you did not register your bike. I do know you can still register your bike for free in case it is stolen. Every fire station will do it or you can do so at the police station.
I don't know if cyclists should be made to register our bikes for the reasons stated here. If we do does that mean we will need a liscense to operate a bike or will our motor vehicle operator liscens suffice?
I am not even sure how successful it would be. It may cost more to impliment & maintain such a thing then the money it would generate.
Take the area I live for example. Sioux City has about 85,000 people. Of that many maybe 100 to 200 of us adults ride bike on a regular & serious basis on the roadways. Let's say the annual fee for bike registration would be $5. It would only generate at most $1,000 a year from this area. Not a lot when you think about it in the grand scheme of things.
As far as the trails are concerned. There are already some trails where a usage fee is required. It is controlled & governed by the conservation dept's. responsible for that section of the trail. Or the DNR. As far as I know the money goes toward maintaining the trail.
I also think there are certain trails that have a donation box.
I get the feeling the person who submitted the opinion thinks cyclists do not pay taxes. She could not be more wrong. A lot of us have jobs-income tax, we own cars-gas tax, sales tax, registration, etc. We own property-property tax. Some of the funding that pays for roadways & trails does come out fo some of these taxes that cyclists also pay along with everyone else.
What do you think about having to register our bikes to help pay for the roadways & trails we use?