CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side Chicago alderman is proposing a $25 annual licensing fee on bicycles, coupled with a safety course.
Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) is upfront that she is proposing it as a “significant” revenue generator. She said she would like it to substitute for the increase in cable television taxes proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as part of his proposed 2014 budget.
The Emanuel and Daley administrations have both tried to make Chicago more “bike friendly.” And the Active Transportation Alliance wasted no time saying any such tax would discourage bicycle riding.
“We’re not aware of any city in the United States that currently enacts a licensing fee for bicycles, and that’s because it is so costly and complicated to implement,” he said.