Letters to the Editor

Bicycle registration fees could fund bike lanes

A cyclist bikes towards Cal Poly in the green bike lane along California Boulevard, which was added to increase safety for bicyclists. The San Luis Obispo City Council also has approved separated bike lanes on the city’s north end to encourage safety.
A cyclist bikes towards Cal Poly in the green bike lane along California Boulevard, which was added to increase safety for bicyclists. The San Luis Obispo City Council also has approved separated bike lanes on the city’s north end to encourage safety. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

On Jan. 22 there was a letter from a veteran cyclist (“Cycling veteran can’t wait for new bikeway”). He made the point that “Bicycles still have the same rights as cars … ”

True, but with rights comes obligations. Car drivers were recently hit with a big gas tax and registration fee increase to pay for transportation infrastructure repairs. I think it is time for bicycle riders to start paying for bicycle infrastructure improvements.

I suggest that every bicycle be registered and part of the fee go for installing bike lanes and other improvements to make it safer for them to ride.

Bill Bright, Atascadero

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