Saturday, July 22, 2017


Let me tell you from personal experience, the bicycle riding lobby in Oregon has been the darling of state government for decades.
I can remember them repaving a highway, then narrowing down both fucking lanes and getting rid of the center turn lane, so they could stripe in a bike only lane in Bumfuck Coos Bay, clear back in the late 70's.
The snotty motherfuckers over in Portland are especially obnoxious so this little blurb caused me to laugh out loud at their outraged indignation.

First statewide bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first statewide bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.
Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”
“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.
Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier blasted what he described as Ms. Brown’s “endless obsession with finding new and innovative ways to take money out of the pockets of Oregon taxpayers.”

A note to my readers, the Ms. Brown in question is a Democrat of course but the only reason she got put in charge in the first place is because they drove the former governor out of office with an ethics witch hunt over something his wife did.

I believe she has been properly, cough cough, voted into office since then but you get the picture.

Now for the bestest part....

Two-wheelers are a big deal in Oregon: Portland was ranked the third-most bike-friendly city in 2016 by Bicycling magazine, citing the 7.2 percent of residents who commute by bicycle.
Bikers cheered last year when Portland passed a four-year, 10-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline aimed at improving roads, but the measure also fueled complaints that bicycle riders have failed to pay their share for such projects.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, defended the state bike tax, calling it a “modest fee” that raises the profile of the bicycling community in the transportation debate.
“One of the arguments we hear repeatedly is that cyclists don’t have any skin in the game … so there’s been blowback,” Mr. Blumenauer told BikePortland.

My bold.

Have some "blowback", you sanctimonious parasites.

They think they own the roads over in Portland and if you think I am exaggerating then I suggest you take a nice long car tour of the city some nice sunny day.

Every once in a while though, one of 'em finds out the hard way that cars and big trucks turn bicycles and their riders into twisted and mangled piles of red stained garbage to be scraped off the pavement and recycled appropriately.

H/t to The Daley Gator for the link.

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