Keep The Red Light/Speed Cameras, But NEVER a Bike Fee?

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Streets & Sanitation workers going down a street in 2012. File Photo. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Streets & Sanitation workers going down a street in 2012. File Photo. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times


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When you have a view of the world that looks like this:

Chicago's Cycling Movement Issues A Leftist Manifesto

Chicago’s Cycling Movement Issues A Leftist Manifesto

It is hard to imagine that the sun does not shine out of your rectum. The same Urban Cycling Crowd that does not mind seeing 50+ schools close while bike lanes are opened, urges on the continuance of the ‘rigged‘ red light/speed camera systems in the city, seems unable to even imagine that they might have to be taxed as well.

Maybe if the City Council can get its ‘groove on‘ we can see some movement on the issue:

BICYCLE FEES: Now that Emanuel is, as one alderman put it, “giving away the streets” to cyclists, there’s talk of resurrecting a stalled plan for a $25 bike license.

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) suggested the idea two years ago — with a mandatory, one-hour safety course — as an alternative to Emanuel’s plan for a 50 percent increase in the amusement tax tacked onto cable television bills.

Her motive was twofold. Chicago needed money and needed to be more creative about getting it. And if the number of traffic lanes available to motor vehicles was shrinking to make way for cyclists, there should be some responsibility that accompanies those benefits.

Emanuel killed the idea amid concern about “diverting resources to enforcement when I really want police … majority focused on violent crime. And policing whether a biker has a license” is not a priority.

Now that could change.

Eventually the Urban Cycling Community is going to have to reconsider the veracity of its Manifesto. Time is running out on elitism, arrogance and scofflaw behavior ever being ‘brought to heel‘.

Maybe this is the year that we cyclists can quit acting like teenagers and more like responsible adults.