Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell proposes $25 annual fee for bike owners

October 23, 2013 7:49:09 PM PDT
A South Side alderman is proposing a new yearly $25 bike license fee to help close the city's massive budget deficit.

The plan 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell is floating around also calls for cyclists to take a road safety class. Dowell says if riders complied with the program, it could generate millions of dollars for the city.

"That seems a bit ridiculous I mean it's a bicycle. It's something we've all been doing since we were five years old," said Tom Nagy, bicyclist.

"The fee, I probably agree with it because they spend a lot of money developing these bike runs," said Jim Pitcher, driver.

Critics of the proposal say bicyclists already help pay for the services they enjoy, like bike lanes, through their tax dollars.


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