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Biking is Killing Biking Cities' Bike Funding

You read the headline correctly...a disturbing reality is being discovered by America's biking'est cities: the more people bike, the less funding there is for bike paths and the like. This is because like many transportation projects at city and state levels, bike lanes are built and maintained using proceeds from gasoline taxes. Ergo, the more people bike, the less they drive and purchase gasoline. And governments thereby collect less in tax revenue. The phenomenon has hit Portland, Oregon- widely considered Bike City USA. Hopefully the same progressive thought that made places like Portland what they are can conjure a solution to this most unfortunate irony. [Treehugger]