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Bicycle registration Some car drivers get frustrated driving behind cyclists. To deal with this frustration they say one of two things: they should pay rego for the right to ride on the road, just like drivers and if they paid rego we could fine them and there would be less accidents If cyclists did pay rego, would drivers still have the main... - http://johntropea.tumblr.com/post...
Bicycle registration
 
Some car drivers get frustrated driving behind cyclists. To deal with this frustration they say one of two things:
 they should pay rego for the right to ride on the road, just like drivers and if they paid rego we could fine them and there would be less accidents 
If cyclists did pay rego, would drivers still have the main problem of having to share the road with cyclists…YES
 
Would there be less accidents…NO (how does a rego cause less casualties…would we have even more casualties if cars didn’t have rego plates)
 
Counter arguments
 
Roads were originally built for bicycles (link)
 
Cyclists already pay rego since most are car drivers
 
Rego pays only a small portion for roads, taxes pay for most (link) (link) (link)
 as there is simply not enough money to build, extend, maintain roads basically pedestrians and cyclists are paying taxes for new roads and the maintenance of roads, that will benefit car drivers and are worn out by car drivers (let’s also include car parks) also local roads are paid by rates (are we going to start kicking up a fuss for non-locals using our roads) 
The real issue is bicycle infrastructure, as most accidents are the fault of the car driver (eg bad judgement, texting, drink driving, speeding) (link)
 this is not surprising at all, given there’s limited visibility in a car, and comfort can lead to distractions bicycle registration will not decrease accidents 
Registering bicycles would naturally (given that cost is a barrier) decrease usage, and increase car use
 and as a result congest the roads even more…and of course requires more road maintenance, and we could even say more unhealthy people (obesity and diabetes), and more injuries, and more pollution 
The admin cost of bicycle registration would probably outweigh the cost of registering such a light weight vehicle (ie. cost based on weight may turn out to $5 or $10)
 basically it’s not even worth it from an effort point of view 
If cyclists paid rego would they feel less bad about slowing down traffic, would they feel the right to make use of the whole road
 
If we don’t want to do this together then I’m happy paying less rego for my car (given I use it twice a week), and I’ll pay $10 rego for my bike…and of course since the car drivers have their way making cyclists pay rego, well then maybe car drivers rego can include a pollution cost, and maybe a health cost….this type of thinking gets us nowhere, and simply creates new problems for people to complain about.
 
The solution is to work together. Cyclists are saving the govenment money by not contributing to congestion, pollution, maintenance of roads, and poor health…let’s focus on these more important areas. Cyclists are the solution, so let’s build some infrastructure to amplify this, and at the same time a by-product of this is that car drivers won’t encounter them as much
 
Five reasons why bike rider registration is stupid
  
 Licensing doesn’t stop motorists from breaking the law, why would it stop cyclists? Speed and red-light cameras have caught motorists to the tune of $90 million and $70 million dollars respectively in NSW in a year. If these motorists speed and/or don’t stop when there are well sign-posted cameras about, what are motorists doing when there aren’t cameras about? Revenue raised by cameras has increased, which means that motorists are only accountable in a financial sense… and only sometimes.
 
[…]
 
I suspect that the real intention of all of this bike licensing talk is to reduce the numbers of cyclists. From a simple economic point of view, this makes no sense. The Federal Government calculated in the 2013 Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport Report that each cycling trip saves the economy $21.
 
While the numbers show that cycling contributes towards the nation in terms of reduced health care, vehicle emissions, road wear, small business, as well as other social and cultural benefits, it also benefits motorists. Every cyclist is one less car on the road and one less parking spot occupied. Motor vehicles cause traffic and congestion, not bikes. We need more bikes, not less.
 
[…]
 
…it won’t just be the current crop of cyclists who feel the strain; licensing will create a bureaucratic mess when it comes to children. Will they have to pay to ride up and down the footpath? A generation of current cyclists, and all generations of future cyclists, will be affected in one fell swoop.
 
[…]
 
Politicians and sensationalist media who are against cycling will reap popularity points if licensing or registration is introduced, but it will be a pyrrhic victory. Bike licensing will not actually solve the problems, because the real problems are not being addressed. The real problems are with road user education and awareness, and intelligent transport infrastructure.
 
[…]
 
One of the core arguments used by motorists who are intolerant of bike riders is that cyclists slow them down. This is primarily psychological, since motorists are rarely delayed in their total trip time by bike riders. However there are roads which require smarter infrastructure to allow safe passage for bike riders and eliminate the impediment to flowing traffic, and this is where the local, state and federal governments each need to step up to their responsibility.
 
The long term costs savings and benefits are unfortunately not compatible with our short political cycles in Australia. Because politicians know this, they usually focus instead on short-term expensive ‘patch up’ solutions to appease the masses and industry; more roads and more lanes for more cars, and more congestion, but more political points.
  
Cyclists and “road tax”: the truth
  
…“road tax” does not exist, and has not existed since the 1930s. What drivers do pay, however, is Vehicle Excise Duty, which is often known as road tax but is not strictly the same thing. Vehicle Excise Duty - what you pay for your car’s tax disc - is based on your vehicle’s emissions. Since a bike creates no emissions, it is not liable for Vehicle Excise Duty.
 
Secondly, the money from Vehicle Excise Duty goes into a central pot and does not go directly back into the roads. The maintenance of the highways is, in fact, funded out of general taxation. Cyclists - like everyone else - pay council tax and income tax, which pays for the provision of public services, be it hospitals, trains or roads. In terms of tax contribution, this gives cyclists the same rights as motorists - and, indeed, pedestrians - to use the roads.
  
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