Friday, March 20, 2009

ANSWER TO THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY AND EARTH-FRIENDLY FRIDAY

ANSWER: Dutch.

Now, for

EARTH-FRIENDLY FRIDAY:

Here, in Portland, Oregon, someone had the idea of starting a bike registration fee. You can read all about it here.

I am absolutely opposed to a bike registration fee. I think we should encourage alternative forms of transportation, not make it more difficult for those people willing to reduce gas emissions, and pollution by powering their own energy by pedaling to work.

What do you think?

14 comments:

lakeviewer said...

REgister a bike? For what reasons? Is Portland giving cyclists a double kiss?

Kelly said...

That seems counterproductive! If anything, the city should give the bikers a break for choosing a green mode of transportation!

Christina Farley said...

I think bikes as a source of transport is awesome. It's very popular in China and Japan. I'm not sure if I would do it in China due to the pollution but they have whole roads for bikes.

Japan is a great place to bike. Everyone does it with these cute baskets to carry their groceries on it.

But there are all kinds of rules for bikers and it makes sense when you have that many people biking.

Martha Flynn said...

I love the -

gun rights : some places
bike rights : Portland

- SAT comparison they set up in the first line.

I'm on a no-naysay-day, so while I do have a knee jerk reaction to the story, I'll have to suppress it, think on it, and get back to you tomorrow. :)

adrienne said...

That does seem weird. I wonder what's the reasoning behind it.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Dang, I knew Dutch but didn't read your post until today.
I think bike registration is ridiculous--why is it any time people want to do stuff off the grid, the government wants a piece of it? GARGH!

Amy Tate said...

Do you know if they are going to charge for the registration? Perhaps it is due to the increase in people riding. Perhaps it has something to do with theft? I don't know - just a thought.

T. Anne said...

Oh gosh, I think I'll hide my bikes.

Bish Denham said...

When I was growing up in the Virgin Islands my bicycle had to have a license! Had to pass inspection and everything!

As for the registering bikes in Portland I'm sure the government is doing it as a means to raise money. Or...to take it away from you. Yet another form of rent/tax.

Elliah A. Terry said...

Wow. That is interesting. Is the bike population over taking the streets in Oregon or something? That just seems quite funny.

Rena said...

They're trying to register everything now, even gardens. It's just stupid.

Nora MacFarlane said...

Holy crow! Bikes? Gardens? What's next? Sidewalk tolls? Um... I should probably keep those ideas to myself.

Kim Kasch said...

Nora: OMG don't give them any ideas - I'm serious. It's CRAAAZZZZY.

A lot of kids bike to work because they don't have the money for a car, gas, insurance, registration - cut them a break. Plus a lot of people want to be green-but it's hard work to bike to a job and then work all day and bike home - I know, I did it a few times last year (trying to be green) so now if this bill were to pass - I'd be penalized by having to pay more money to try to be green-ridiculous.

Oh, sorry...I'm venting.

Brenda said...

I guess some people take the term "going green" in the wrong way...I think if someone could enforce it, we would be charged for breathing...