21 May

Tell the Wisconsin legislature: We don’t want a bike tax

The Wisconsin Bike Fed has recently revealed that the Wisconsin legislature has proposed a flat $25 tax on all new bicycle purchases. We think this is wrong for a multitude of mythical, logical, and financial reasons.

The Bike Fed has provided a simple form to contact your representatives. Here is what you should let them know:

Please DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BICYCLE TAX and consider raising the Gas Tax instead.

A tax on new bicycle purchases doesn’t make any sense. It suggests that people on bikes don’t pay their fair share to use the roads, when, in truth, most of them also own and drive cars

Read: Cycling myths debunked: Bikes don’t pay road tax

Even if a person on a bike doesn’t drive a car, studies show that they actually SAVE money, doing less damage to the roads and ultimately pay MORE money at local businesses.

Read: Cyclists and pedestrians can end up spending more each month than drivers

Additionally, counter to what you might think, more people on bikes also means smoother traffic flow.

Read: New York City’s protected bike lanes have actually sped up its car traffic

A flat tax like this also hurts people who can only afford to purchase cheaper bikes as well as the purchase of bicycles for children. A $25 tax on a $1,000 bike, a 2.5% increase, is something someone might be able to shrug off, but a $25 tax on an $100 bike is a 25% increase in the price of admission.

Exercise 101 says the fewer barriers to entry, the more likely people will choose to stay healthy, and between the need for helmets, lights, locks, racks, bags, and flat tires, cycling already has enough barriers. And activities that promote healthy living and a cleaner environment—you guessed it—save us money!

Read: Pedaling to prosperity: biking saves U.S. riders billions a year

And this proposed tax won’t even be earmarked for bicycling infrastructure makes this proposition extra onerous. Considering the Wisconsin government wants to repeal the Complete Streets initiative, this means that the money raised from a cycling tax will likely go towards building more roads for cars, on which we will have to spend more money to maintain.

What about taxing the people that actually damage the roads?

Instead, you should consider RAISING THE GAS TAX and taxing the individuals who cause the most damage and take up the most space, consume un-renewable resources, pollute the earth, passively destroy the roads, and kill as many as 35,000 people a year: the people who drive cars.

Read: Opposition to the gas tax is causing rising repair bills and hurting the state economy

This would also spread out the amount of money needing to be paid by each individual. Instead of raising $25 on a few people, you could raise $1 from most people and probably end up making more money.

In the end, bicycling does less damage to roads, adds money to the economy, decreases the cost of healthcare, improves driving conditions, heals the environment and it ultimately doesn’t make sense to tax the poor and underprivileged to support the privilege of the rich.

Please DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BICYCLE TAX and consider raising the Gas Tax instead.

Please contact your representatives today (the Bike Fed made it really easy…just click that link) and ask them NOT to support the bicycle tax and consider raising the Gas Tax instead.

21 May

We’re slashing prices for Spring

Bikes that need to be fixed

With the May fluctuations in air current it’s sometimes hard to tell that winter is beyond us and summer is fast approaching. But in preparation over the past month we’ve been rapidly tuning up many of the bikes that were donated through Lake Express.

Now we have too many.

Since we have the bikes and we have the weather, now we have to ride!

We’ve dropped the prices on our existing inventory and new bicycles are being added every week. Some bikes have even been reduced by as much as $100. Check out our offerings in our online store. If you don’t see something you like, make sure to stop by the shop and see the bikes that we haven’t yet listed. I know we still have a few hidden gems in our midst.

See our available bikes

Bikes that need to be fixed

We’ve got a lot of bikes