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Still too complex. Am I supposed to get my 4 year old a "learner's permit" so that I can teach him how to ride? My retired mother is interested in trying out cycling for exercise, can I lend her a bike, or do I have to send her to the DMV for a license?
The licensing idea should go the way of the Dodo Bird. Car licensing doesn't pay for all the roads, neither does the gas tax. We're talking about public infrastructure that is needed by all, even those who don't use it personally.
As far as "fair share" goes, bike facilities can almost be seen as making revenue. The investment they require provides a far larger return than other modes. For example - Portland gets over 6% of trips done by bicycle right now. Keep in mind that bike and ped spending combined is just 1% of the total budget. Based on this, the public might be better off paying people to ride their bikes since it could save such a large amount of money that would otherwise be needed to expand the capacity of our auto and transit infrastructure.
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