Paying fuel taxes doesn’t pay for roads.

I’m sure many of you have heard this argument against the use of bikes on streets: “I shouldn’t have to share the road with bicyclists because they aren’t paying their taxes for the roads like me.”

Aside from the fact that most cyclists also own motor vehicles (and generally buy fuel for them as well), there’s a recently published report from the Florida PIRG that suggests that fuel taxes are drops in the bucket of highway budgets and in no way qualify as a “user fee”.

Check out the executive summary of the report here.
[via billyptx from the fantastic DORBA commuter forum]

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