They'll tell you it "only cost (small small amount)".
Yeah, for now.
They'll tell you we need a revenue stream to invest in bike paths.
Yeah right, and who pays the revenue stream for pedestrians? What, you gotta pay a tax to walk on the sidewalk?
Dunno about you, but I've been riding just fine in my younger years when we didn't have bike paths. What's the big deal now? More traffic? Yeah, but more traffic means it's moving slower too. What about dedicated bus lanes that the MOTORIST has to pay for (in London for example, we've had many two lanes roads being blocked by one lane, dedicated to bus lanes). Who pays for that? The car owner is paying for the entire length of road, even though half of it is dediated to buses. They should reduce our damn taxes and obtain additional money from the bus companies (they probably are in some format).
They'll tell you some dumb excuse after another. The fact is, they're attempting to find more revenue streams. More ways to tax us, and I dont like it. And neither do you. So whenever this kinda stuff comes up, just say NO ok? We dont want to be monitored all the time. Bikes cause no pollution, no traffic, no wear on the tarmac. It IS however a form of freedom, and those in control do not like us to have freedom.
The only thing they have left is "we wanna stop cyclists from breaking the law" by which they mean "we dont want you running red lights". If that's all there is to it, then stop running red lights. I agree when it's safe to do so (no police, no peds, no cars), then go ahead. Whenever I pass a ghost cycle (the whites ones where a cyclist has died), it's always at a junction/intersection. Just be careful there. Dont do dumb things that'll attract risk of injury or problems with the cops, and they wont have any more excuses to tax us. It may not stop them from taxing us, but at least they'll be doing it without a reason.
JUST. SAY. NO.