Ah, the anti-bicyclists, who are all worked up because bicycles are not paying their “fair” share, and bicyclists “chat” with each other.
Are we to assume that such unseemly behavior does not happen in cars — that all drivers maintain a respectful, focused silence?
As far as a tax, I have a car that I rarely use, but I pay the requisite fees, so I am actually paying for the road that Kathy Pashone, Janet Browne and Justine Dunn wear down with their cars and trailers. A bicycle is nonpolluting and does not have the heavy impact on highways, bridges and lives as a car.
In more than 40 years of almost exclusive transportation by bike, I have never encountered a road-raging, battling-for-road-rights cyclist.
The energy a bicycle rider expends is beneficial, which can’t be said of those who drive cars.
Perhaps we should reverse the situation. Go ahead, tax the cyclists, but give them the main right-of-way. The cars can have the bike lanes. Should be interesting in those many areas where there is essentially no bike lane. And eventually ban cars entirely, like the Island of Sark.