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posted: 8/25/2014 5:01 AM

Let's give bicyclists 'skin in the game'

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I enjoyed the article last week on bicycles vs. the village of Barrington Hills. In fact, it gave me the impetus to write a letter to the editor that I have wanted to write for some time now.

Our roads are paid for, in large part, by gasoline taxes and license fees. What "skin in the game" do bicyclists have in the issue? They have not paid a tax to enjoy the roads that they ride on. Bicyclists are often an arrogant group, riding two or more abreast going 20 mph on a 45 mph road.

May I suggest an annual license fee for all bicycles. Such a fee would not only help pay for dedicated bike lanes, but also put a huge dent in the billions of dollar debt this corrupt state enjoys.

Doug Eden

St. Charles

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