It's hard to believe, but Oregonian officials are considering a new bill to tax people who ride bikes. Call it a way to fund bike lanes; call it a sign of tough economic times... But don't call it likely to become law without a fight: There are too many people who enjoy riding their bikes for free, and it would be tough to get them to agree to a $54 charge to pedal.
Now you probably don't need to worry about this even if it does pass. It would only apply to Oregonians ages 18 and older who ride on highways. So if you're taking back roads or bike paths to school, you wouldn't need the sticker.
But it still makes you think about some of the ideas that lawmakers come up with to pay for projects. You usually have to pay tax when you buy a bike. Would you be willing to pay an additional tax, if doing so meant safer roads and better bike lanes? Or do you like the way things are, with riding tax-free?
Carl Azuz, Anchor