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November 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Legislature prepares to resolve transportation issues

Bicyclists pay nothing

I take exception to the bicycle lobbyist’s opinion piece in “Connect city with network of bikeways,” Opinion, Nov. 18]. While many may agree that the region benefits by multiple modes of transportation, it’s been a long and accepted practice for the users to pay the cost of their preferred mode. Sound transit is perhaps a reasonable exception.

That being said, the bicyclists do not pay for the accommodations made to them, the extra or special lanes, road grading, the markings, all of which carry a significant cost. All motorized vehicles pay for their roadways and improvements by fuel taxes, tolls and other fees. Bicyclists pay nothing.

A bicyclist may drive a motorized vehicle and thereby pay taxes, however those taxes and fees are for the roadways used by motorized vehicles.

It’s time for bicyclists to pay for the use of the roadways. This can be done by license fee (using the existing license plate/fee system) and a fee attached to the bicycle purchase (with exceptions for bicycles for little children, etc.).

It’s time for bicyclists to pay for the benefits they receive.

— John Gordon, Issaquah

Voice of reason

Thank goodness that, occasionally, a voice of reason is heard on the traffic issue in Seattle. Bruce Nurse has it exactly right when he says, "…Curtailing mobility is to restrict and curtail the freedom of people” [“We should stop waging a war on cars,” Opinion, Nov. 18].

Perhaps one day our state government will learn to respect — and pass laws to help — those of us who drive on our very congested freeways.

— Julie Torsen, Bellevue

Benefits of cars
I am tired of the war on cars, both in Seattle and beyond. Let me say this: cars are awesome. They allow you the freedom to go anywhere and at any time.

It is too bad that local leaders in the name of being “green” deliberately make traffic worse, not better, to dissuade people from driving. It is ironic that in developing countries, people want to be able to own a car while in many parts of the United States we are forcing people to get rid of their cars.

Also, for those cyclists who continually want to have more bike paths: We need more bike paths, but quit making us car owners pay for your bike paths while you guys freeload. We need to license and tab cyclists who want to use major highways, just like we license and tab motorists.

— Nelson Chen, Seattle

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