Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell of the Third Ward, has proposed an annual tax of $25 on bicycles in the city. The tax is proposed as an alternative to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to increase taxes on cable television. Dowell has also proposed that bicyclists should be required to take a rules of the road class.
When asked, the Mayor did not support the proposed tax, which likely means the tax has little chance of coming to pass. He said it is in Chicago’s interest to be bike friendly and he also said that checking bicycle registrations is not the best use of the time of Chicago police officers.
Interestingly enough, the city currently has an ordinance on the books requiring all bicycles to be registered with the police department (Municipal Code of Chicago 9-120-20) but the ordinance does not include any penalty for failure to do so.
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