Bike Taxes: The Debate

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]

Fear The Fatberg, So Trash The FOG


British utility company Thames Water revealed that it found a fifteen ton blob of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and other trash items; or what it terms a huge “fatberg;” which clogged a 19×28 inch (48-70 centimeter) sewer by approximately 95 percent of its capacity.

Residents, please alleviate strains on municipal sewers by trashing your FOG and other trash items like baby wipes instead of draining or flushing them.

For lovely photos from Thames Water and its often thankless job of keeping sewers operational, see its flickr page.

[photo via walt74/flickr]