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Old 08-18-14, 06:40 PM   #51
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Would we be better off, if we had to register bicycles?
No.

We'd be better of if registration fee was based on gross vehicle weight.
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Old 08-18-14, 07:48 PM   #52
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If we want to tax bicycles, a more logical way to do it would be through an excise tax collected on imports, which are the great majority of bicycles sold. Taxing $20.00 at the POE on all bicycles with wheels 26" or larger would generate upwards of $100M with little cost of collection and management.
Mini-velo/folding bike popularity explosion, where enacted...
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That was only an example, but I'd be floored if $20.00 shifted the product mix by even 1%. I suggested the wheel size rule because there's already one (or used to be) one in place, as a way to separate Juvenile and adult bikes. If an excise tax proposal gets anywhere near the serious stage, I'm sure market neutral rules can be written into it.

In any case, I've stated my general opposition to user financing and/or targeted niche taxes. Good policies recognize the necessity of being good for the "community" rather than better or worse for groups within it. Since the community is the beneficiary it's the community (city, county, state or nation) members that pay.
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Our illustrious "no-tax" Governor tried to boost taxes on bikes by 2% to 7.5% -- only product for which he was suggesting an increased tax -- and got resoundingly shouted down even with his party's majority in the state Congress. You'll no sooner see a use tax than you will bike registration...
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Old 08-18-14, 09:20 PM   #55
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I recommend registering and taxing bicycle helmets, rather than bicycles.Might be effective too.
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I recommend registering and taxing bicycle helmets, rather than bicycles.Might be effective too.
Maybe the registration sticker could have the citizen's Road ID and medical information, to affix to the registered helmet. Just in case.
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