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Cyclists should pay their fair share

1:30 PM EST, February 25, 2013

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As I travel on local roads I often see cyclists or biking clubs out for a spin. They pay nothing for the right to use the roads, yet we car owners pay a gasoline tax and a license fee for the privilege, and the more we drive the more we pay. Isn't it time for all those who ride bikes to pay their fair share?

It's time to tag bicycles just as we do cars. Instead of increasing the gasoline tax, why not charge cyclists a yearly licensing fee and have them help with road construction, maintenance and repair?

If there were 500,000 bikes in Maryland and each one paid $25 per year, we could increase highway revenues by $12.5 million annually. And I'm sure there are a lot more than half a million bikes in Maryland, even leaving out riders 16 and under.

Stephen W. Sipe, Reisterstown

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