Last Friday, lead state and federal agencies extended the public review period for the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) again. Originally released by the State of California for public comments on December 13, 2013, the due date was extended to an almost unheard of 180-day review. See Draft BDCP here. See Draft EIR/EIS here.
Longest. Public. Review. Period. Ever.
Should bicyclists pay taxes on their bikes to help pay for bicycle-specific infrastructure?
Chicago is by no means the only place across the U.S. tempted to see bicyclists as a possible new source of revenue, only to run into questions of fairness and enforceability. That is testing the vision of city leaders who are transforming urban expanses with bike lanes and other amenities in a quest for relevance, vitality and livability — with never enough funds.
I think it’s only fair. Plus a $25 annual cycling tax is reasonable compared to what motorists pay. Besides, it would also help end the debate. Though once a tax is in place, it would be probably be easier to raise it then end it.
[photo via Payton Chung/flickr]
“Privacy may actually be an anomaly… It’s the industrial revolution and the growth of urban concentrations that led to a sense of anonymity.”
— Vinton G. Cerf, Google’s chief internet evangelist, on privacy and technology at a Federal Trade Commission workshop (19 November 2013)
[photo via keso/flickr]
Son of a city planner, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin still bikes and rides the bus whenever and wherever possible.