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Famous for despising most taxes, Dori Monson proposes one for bike riders in Seattle. (AP)

Dori says it's time to tax Seattle bicyclists

Taken from Friday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

If you're not a Seattle resident or if you don't come in to Seattle, this (Seattle's updated Master Bike Plan) still affects you.

They're telling you they need a King County Metro tax ... and part of the reason is because the City of Seattle sucks up so much of its dollars for bicycles - for four percent of the population.

The Cascade Bicycle Club is plotting $20 million a year for bike lanes in Seattle.

I've ridden my bike around Seattle for most of my life without dedicated lanes, but I'm not a wimp like the bicycle community of today - that doesn't know how to ride, apparently.

The bicycle community is the most wimpy and selfish of communities in Seattle. So it's time, finally, to have a dedicated bicycle tax. It's time to tax the bikes- and I'm loathed to suggest new taxes.

Taken from Friday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

Dori has received some feedback about his idea:

Chuck in Ballard writes:
24th Ave. NW from 65th down to Market Street was also changed from four lanes to two in order to add bike lanes. Traffic now backs up 2-3 blocks from Market Street as a result. Tax the bikes!!

Karen in Edmonds writes:
When I was a kid in Washington state, we had to prove we knew the hand signals and purchase a license that was affixed to the bike frame. We had to renew every year. It was only $.50, but we had to prove we knew the rules of the road and pay for the sticker.

Beth in Marysville writes:
I was recently working in Seattle and was amazed at the bicyclists in the area. They were all over the road, not following the rules of the road, and flipping ME off for driving my car following the rules of the road.

Yoav writes:
I must say that I severely disagree with most of your opinions, but I completely agree on the bike issue. There should definitely be a bike tax and maybe insurance as well.

Of the over 1,200 people who've responded to the survey, about 90 percent say they'd support a bike tax.

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