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(SeattlePI)   Tax breaks for cyclists in the works   (seattlepi.nwsource.com) divider line 92
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2003-03-23 06:47:29 PM
Cool idea. With the tax savings, I can buy razors to shave my legs ;)

Seriously, it's doubtful it will pass given that states budgets are giant sucking machines. More likely, they'd add a TAX.

Semper Fi!
 
2003-03-24 01:33:15 AM
Seems only fair, considering the tax breaks $75,000+ SUV owners get.


/flamebate
 
2003-03-24 01:34:09 AM
You and your pinto can....
 
2003-03-24 01:34:18 AM
How long until people start bashing bikers for wanting "special" treatment? I'm guessing...10 posts in (including this one).
 
2003-03-24 01:38:04 AM
why the hell should bikers get special treatment?!? i'll be damned if i have to pay another tax because these jackasses think they are going to save the planet!
 
2003-03-24 01:38:56 AM
Sweet! I ride to work everyday, now if people who own a car will quit splashing me on the way there I'm set.
 
2003-03-24 01:39:45 AM
with that out of the way i may just wander over and read the article
 
2003-03-24 01:40:06 AM
Why don't they offer a tax break on the 2003 Hummers? I've heard they're very fuel efficient.
 
2003-03-24 01:40:12 AM
Why do I have to pay school taxes when I don't and never will have any children? I should be getting paid not to reproduce. Really, you don't want any more of me in the world, do you?
 
2003-03-24 01:40:19 AM
Dammit Backgroundnoise...there's always someone like you who screws up any pool I'm in by jumping the gun.
 
2003-03-24 01:40:22 AM
Excellent. The idea won't get here to NC, but it's great, nonetheless.
 
2003-03-24 01:40:31 AM
ahh, oops. damn forgetting to uncheck boxes!
 
2003-03-24 01:41:33 AM
sorry i couldn't help myself

actually i was assuming that the average thing would happen and 4 posts would crop up while i was in the middle of typing

i was trying to help i swear!
 
2003-03-24 01:43:04 AM
Don't cyclists get a tax break by not paying the tax that's on gas?
 
2003-03-24 01:43:20 AM
Oh well, no money on the line...just pride. My sweet...sweet...*sob*...priiiiiiideeeeeeee.
 
2003-03-24 01:43:33 AM
Not a flamebait article. Liberals will like it because it has environmental overtones. Conservatives will like it because it has the words "tax break".
 
2003-03-24 01:45:24 AM
you should really blame the people who, unlike Mov, didn't post random drivil while i was writing out my random drivil
 
2003-03-24 01:46:15 AM
they already get a tax break.

By not buying gasoline they're getting a HUGE tax break.
 
2003-03-24 01:46:58 AM
On a semi related note, a couple of years ago, as I was riding down the street, a local cop stopped me, and wanted to give me a ticket for not riding facing traffic. I tried to tell him what a bad idea that was, which made him even madder. While he was on the radio doing a background check, I got on my cell and called the STATE police, who arrived while the cop was writing the ticket. The State policeman layed into the local cop so hard, hilarity DID ensue.
 
2003-03-24 01:47:00 AM
Do cyclists have to pay any kind of state road maintenance tax?
 
2003-03-24 01:47:49 AM
I'm more upset over the SUV tax break myself. Even if we're being...facecious, is it? I can't spell some words.
 
2003-03-24 01:48:13 AM
How about a tax on cyclists that drift over into my lane and dent my truck as they fly over the cab?
 
2003-03-24 01:48:29 AM
Saying they're getting a tax break by not buying gas is a bit silly. That's like saying I'm getting a tax break because I don't smoke. Or because I only buy one case of beer, rather than two.
 
2003-03-24 01:48:47 AM
I think people ride bicycles because they're more fun, better for you and cheaper than driving, and not because of their politics.
 
2003-03-24 01:49:59 AM
All of those taxes are elective. You choose to pay them when you purchase those goods. by not purchasing those goods, you are giving yourself a tax break.

/it's the middle of the night and my logic center is fux0red
 
2003-03-24 01:51:10 AM
I too don't think I should be paying school taxes. I have no kids. I never attended a public school, and payed my own tuition in high school and college. At the same time, my parents payed school tax. There should be a tax credit.
 
2003-03-24 01:51:11 AM
I save $200 a year by not having to buy a parking pass on campus. What I would like to see are some more bike paths. They can be built next to the railroad tracks, and it would make getting around by bike that much faster.

But, I'm not sure why they need to give me a tax break. They should eliminate the tax loopholes for cars and SUVs. My bike cost $500 5 years ago, and I have put around 10,000 miles on it. I've only had about $250 in repair costs. And I get 25-50 miles per gallon on my bike, water that is.
 
2003-03-24 01:51:51 AM
You know, I think I've just discovered a very fiendish plan for the Republican party! They can prevent certain goods from coming to market...say cigars. Then, they can claim they've created a gigantic tax break for the citizens of the country because they no longer buy those items and pay taxes on them.
 
2003-03-24 01:53:12 AM
facetious - isn't amazing that t and c can sound exactly the same in our language
 
2003-03-24 01:53:45 AM
Someone want to pay me to ride mi bicicleta? Sweeeet
 
2003-03-24 01:53:52 AM
....yikes.

I've created a monster.
 
2003-03-24 01:55:55 AM
OOOOH, there needs to be a Farkin tax break.... all Fark members get a tax break, with the break size inversely proportional to the Fark #



/brilliant scheme
 
2003-03-24 01:57:48 AM
Fecetious is my new word.
 
2003-03-24 01:59:31 AM
If gas prices go above, say, $4.00/gal would the governement consider tax breaks for purchasing a bike to commute with????


/rings little bell on handlebars
 
2003-03-24 02:00:28 AM
"not causing traffic congestion"

I frequently get stuck behind bikers on the road, and find most of them to be far too arrogant to move the hell over.

"but it's not free."

will someone explain how riding a damn bike is not free?
If you stick to the bike path Im all for giving you a medal, but if you dont have an engine stay off the goddamn road.
 
2003-03-24 02:00:55 AM
I thought bicyclists already get tax breaks in the form of not paying gasoline tax and buying license plates.
 
2003-03-24 02:00:59 AM
"all Fark members get a tax break, with the break size inversely proportional to the Fark #"


Higher the number the bigger the break? Cool.
 
2003-03-24 02:01:07 AM
Assinine! The total cost of ownership for a bicycle is maybe $100/yr. Just give em a free pack of cool shiny stickers and call it even.
 
2003-03-24 02:01:28 AM
Hey ed... what about when there ain't no sidewalks to ride on
 
2003-03-24 02:02:10 AM
government

/too many head injuries from riding against traffic
 
2003-03-24 02:02:27 AM
Tommy- inversely proportional = lower number, higher tax break
 
2003-03-24 02:02:33 AM
In many places, it's illegal to ride on the sidewalk, unless you're a child. Rightfully So.
 
2003-03-24 02:03:47 AM
FeBolas: I keyed I keyed!
 
2003-03-24 02:05:38 AM
Meh... I stick to the trails anyway. w00t! Teh m0unta1nb1k1ng r0x0rs!!
 
2003-03-24 02:11:23 AM
But TommyymmoT...I think it's a good idea to have me going 30 mph on the sidewalk with a 20' stopping distance! I think I would combine well with walkers.
 
2003-03-24 02:14:35 AM
Here in Californica they do things differently; you aren't allowed to pay less for anything, only more.

For example, the state government is going to tax people who install solar electric panels for the electricity they will be supplying themselves from the solar panels, if they choose to do so instead of sucking it from the public utility. The logic goes: if these people generate their own power instead of paying the sky-high price the State of California is charging - because the state has paid and contracted for power at very high rates compared to the current market price for watts - the state will have to charge the rest of the consumers more for the electricity they buy. In all probability, the state will stick them with the price of a meter to measure the electricity they are "selling themselves", as the bureaucrats put it.

Or in the current context, here they would more likely charge bicyclists a tax to make up for the gasoline/vehicle taxes they don't pay - so the burden doesn't unfairly fall on the motorists, you know.

(What? Would this result in a lower gas tax? Come on, don't be silly)
 
2003-03-24 02:17:28 AM
Yes, I for one am incredibly glad to not be from California.



.....and I'm pissed off that Colorado is being Californianized
 
2003-03-24 02:20:24 AM
03-24-03 02:11:23 AM Sidi
But TommyymmoT...I think it's a good idea to have me going 30 mph on the sidewalk with a 20' stopping distance! I think I would combine well with walkers.


Yeah, they love that in Manhattan. Oh how we Laugh!

Hey, lady, get off my friggin handlebars!
 
2003-03-24 02:21:42 AM
The trick is to pull a wheelie as you approach them, so they end up under your bike instead of on the handlebars.

It's a bit of a trick learning to ride a wheelie on a lumpy person on skinny tires, but it's well worth it in the time saved.
 
2003-03-24 02:24:19 AM
Yeah, but I have light weight rims, and some of them have pretty hard heads.
 
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