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May 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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The good and bad of bicycle licensing

Posted by Letters editor

Fees would provide much-needed funds to county, city

This is a response to “Bumper to Bumper” [NWMonday, May 10].

David Hiller, advocacy director for the Cascade Bicycle Club, states that licensing would be difficult to administer and cost the state more than it is worth. Yet his Seattle-based organization seems quite content and proficient in plucking up to $500 yearly from each of its 13,000 members to help guarantee them privileged rights over motorists on city streets and domination over miles of county trails at the expense of intimidated pedestrians.

An annual $30 vehicle registration fee from this group alone would generate $390,000 in desperately needed new revenues. Add licensing —$20 for the application and $25 for a license — both of which have long been in place for the motoring community.

Increased traffic law enforcement would cough up more booty while also making the streets safer for all users. Assessments for those chaotic bike-only events over public streets and country roads might add thousands more to the state’s coffers. Why the delay here?

The county and the city of Seattle have been excessively generous in providing exclusive accommodations for the two-wheeler oligarchy and in continuing to favor incessant demands for additional perks by this aggressive special-interest group.

King County should recover some of its investment by balancing the books with some belated cash recycling from our bicycling benefactors.

— Dean Trier, Redmond

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