Portland should spend more on bikes

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Portland should spend more on bicycle infrastructure, says a report by the Portland City Club.

Some people have pushed a licensing program that would require all bicyclists to register with the city and pay a small fee. The report found, however, that while it could raise money for bicycle-related projects and alleviate concerns that bicyclists get a “free ride” on city streets, such a program would be difficult to enforce and might deter commuters from using bicycles, among other drawbacks.

Instead, the report recommends a statewide four percent excise tax on sales of new bicycles that would fund “school safety programs, the installation of automated bicycle counters and the creation and distribution of safety programs and materials.”

Read more at Willamette Week.

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