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In a bid to raise funds for a $10 billion transportation bill in Washington State, legislators want to impose a $25 tax on all bicycles that cost more than $500. When local business owners and Seattle Bike Blog contacted Washington Rep. Ed Orcutt (R), a member of the State Transportation Committee, to question the tax, Orcutt claimed that cyclists are contributing nothing to use the roads and because of their high heart and respiration rate, they produce greater carbon emissions than motorists.

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  1. Manta March 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    What next? .. a tax on breathing?

  2. Sharon Maynard March 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Dahhh! I am glad that he doesn’t represent my district. I would be embarrassed! Of course they emit more CO2, the motorists are sitting in giant carriers belching other toxins.

    If you want to propose a tax on cyclists, at least use a sane, credible reason like, “we want more money.”

  3. David Engensperger March 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Who’s your puppeteer Orcutt?

  4. Nicolas Barthe March 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm
  5. Arno Van Den Bos March 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    The argument that cyclists emit more CO2 is ridiculous. The carbon emitted by breathing came from food, which is ultimately plants that absorbed the carbon from the atmosphere not so long ago, so this is a short carbon cycle, as opposed to the carbon from fossil fuels, which was stored under ground not so long ago. And how much more energy is needed to move over a tonne of steel vs the weight of a bike? Cars also emit NOx, VOCs, CO, ozone, particulate matter etc, all serious polluters.

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