A Washington state lawmaker got into a tiff with a bike store owner over cyclists trying to get out of paying the same taxes all other vehicles pay to use the roads. While arguing for taxing cyclists for using roads, Ed Orcutt made a pretty idiotic comment that cyclists pollute by breathing heavier. This is pretty stupid.
A couple of points here though. Getting cyclists to pay taxes is something more politicians need to get on board with, and despite these moronic comments, I commend this guy for taking this stand. Despite tax revenues being down for most state and local governments, and our public infrastructure crumbling before our eyes, cyclists want to avoid paying taxes for their death traps, depsite claiming to want equality on the roads.
But more importantly he is almost right here. While cyclists' breath does not add to pollution, they do increase gas usage by causing all other vehicles on the road to expend more gas by having to slow down to pass them. We've covered this before.
So yes, this guy is an idiot. But he also is right about a couple of things. Cyclists need to pay taxes if they want to use the roads, and they absolutely do increase pollution by increasing gas usage. Let's get them off the roads and make everyone happy. No taxes for cyclists, less gas and pollution.