Washington State’s proposed transportation bill has been highly controversial among cyclists, primarily because it proposes a tax on bikes but also because despite that tax it would devote little to the encouragement of cycling or cycling infrastructure. But now, thanks to a state representative, whose nationwide brethren and sistren are always reliable when you need to inject a dose of the absurd to real issues, is justifying the tax because bicyclists emit carbon.
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car,” Representative Ed Orcutt (R-Kalama) told Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog.
In an exchange with Dale Carlson, highlighted above, owner of Bike Tech shops in Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, Orcutt elaborated, “Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclists has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”
You’re exactly right, Ed. Now let’s all get out there and ride our bikes, making the world a much, much more polluted place.