Tax Bicycling? Sure! Says Representative to Constituent | Says it Causes Increased CO2 Emissions

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Representative says to constituent: Bicyclists don’t pay their fair share for road use. Bicycling should be taxed for causing increased CO2 emissions.

ron paul on taxesCurrently there are many questions surrounding the constitutionality and ethical basis of the U.S. tax code. Many people and businesses, that would have otherwise been solvent, have been literally pushed over the edge into destitution by taxes alone. Yet, legislators constantly find new ways to wring money out of people who are already thoroughly burdened by doing their civic duty.

Below is the text from the Representatives email, which explains that bicyclists are not paying their fair share of taxes for bicycle lanes and CO2 emissions:

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: RE: No new bicycle tax
From:    “Orcutt, Rep. Ed” <>
Date:    Mon, February 25, 2013 9:59 pm
To:      Dale Carlson


I am not a fan of much in the House Transportation tax proposal nor of many tax proposals, but I have to admit I think there are valid reasons to tax bicycles. Think about this for a moment: Currently motorists are paying to use their cars on the roads while they are actually driving their cars. At the same time, they are paying for bike lanes because there is no gas tax — or any transportation tax — generated by the act of riding a bike on the roadways. So, if cars pay for the roads they are using, it only makes sense that bicyclists would also be required to pay for the ‘roads’ they use when they are actually biking on them.

Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclists has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider.  Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.

I know, you own a car and drive so are paying gas tax — but not while you are riding your bike. When you are driving your car and generating gas tax you are also driving on the roads so are only really paying for the roads when driving — not while biking.

Sorry, but I do think that bicyclists need to start paying for the roads they ride on rather than make motorists pay.


Representative Ed Orcutt
20th Legislative District

Olympia Office:
408 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504

What Taxes Might Be Upcoming In The Near Future?

Naturally, one has to wonder what might be taxed next. Might there be an upcoming flatulence tax? If so, what foods should Americans avoid to lower their tax bill?

government parasitesAmericans need to complain more loudly and bulk more obstinately at the needless burdens placed upon them by those who consider it their right and privileged to use them as a perpetual source of income. Like the bully on the corner who waits for school children to pass knowing that he can generate money on demand and unquestioned, the powers that be will not see the necessity for curbing their abusive demands until a force greater than them resists.

We are already taxed for making money, spending money, saving money and dying. I would say that there’s not much left to be taxed that isn’t already, but I know better.


3 Responses to Tax Bicycling? Sure! Says Representative to Constituent | Says it Causes Increased CO2 Emissions

  1. Stirling says:

    Two additional points:

    Representative Orcutt says “I do think that bicyclists need to start paying for the roads they ride on rather than make motorists pay.” Motorists who regularly drive in high traffic areas should be thanking every commuter travelling by bicycle instead of by car. Every bicycle commuter on the road is one LESS automobile commuter. CO2 aside, has anyone ever been in a big city in which every available road looks like a rolling parking lot at rush hour? Has anyone ever watched the opening scene of Office Space, in which an old man with a walker on the sidewalk is outpacing the automobile traffic? Just imagine how much easier it would be for the traffic to move if there were just HALF the number of cars in that rolling parking lot because they were replaced by bicycles. Everyone would get to work sooner, there would be less stress, and less oil would be consumed.

    Another missed point is the reasoning behind road use taxes. Heavier vehicles pay higher road use taxes for the simple reason that vehicle weight and the useful life of a paving surface are directly related to one another. It’s simple. if you drive a heavier vehicle, you pay a proportionally heavier share of the road maintenance costs. This is precisely why 18 wheelers pay more road use tax then than do smaller trucks, and those trucks pay more than do cars, and cars pay more than do motorcycles. Road use taxes are based upon the damage inherently caused by the weight of the vehicle. Bicycles on the other hand have NO effect at all upon the life of a road. The average bicycle weighs about 20 pounds, which is most likely quite a lot less burden on the road than is the extra unnecessary obesity carried on the body of the automobile driver who never rides a bike.

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