Absolutely do not support it. In a meeting, some were pissed at bicyclist poor riding habits on the road and said its time to ticket them for needed revenue and tax on top. Price of gas goes soaring, downtown parking fee extortion designed by 'Oh most bike loving' former mayor Richie Daley which then created a once again boon on biking. Good but now they find $$$ in the numbers of cyclist and design a BS proposal to steal from.
They city can't get one department to run on budget and its so full of patronage lazy arsed workers, so this is the best that they can come up with. They want $25 per bike and a mandatory safety course. Virtually every vehicle licensed driver knows the rules but unfortunately don't follow them. Do you think a mandatory safety class is the answer? No sir (ladies) but you'll pay another $20 for your time, a piece of paper and #2
lead pencil to take notes.
The police don't give a damn. Seriously. That said, the cops can't keep the streets safe, they don't waste time on lowly cyclist and no matter what they get paid, do you really think they're going to any better or chase cyclist? As of right now the PD are due overtime pay and the unions say gimme gimme gimme.
BTW: This proposal is also due to the lack of revenue the huge cigarette tax was designed for. Cig's are coming in from the southern states, cross borders and or imported from China (knock-off brand) and sold for big profits on the black market. The back alley sellers are paying $5 a pack from another state and sell for $10, making a tidy profit and the buyer loves the bargain! The city has failed once again and for them to penalize cyclist (whom by the way, mostly prefer a healthier way of living) for a tax is absurd. One of the top third highest retail tax rates in the country, simply look at the amount the city collects on retail sales tax on just a $500.00 bicycle... a bit over $46. Add $139.00 to a $1,500 bike.
Last edited by crank_addict; 10-25-13 at 07:03 PM.