Category Archives: Bicycles

Oregon Progressives Call for Bird Brained Outdoor Taxes That Will Absolutely Ruffle Some Feathers

For self described ‘progressives’, known here for their real impact on society as ‘Oppressives’, they just never have enough of your money.

They always believe they can spend your money better than you–for the good of the ‘collective’, you understand.

If they’re tough, punitive taxes, so much the better, to their way of thinking.

bird seed

Enter the new taxes these Oppressives are calling for: Bird seed, hiking boots and binoculars.

Mike Strickland of Progressives Today captured the moment when this self satisfied looking chick from Oregon Wild proposed new taxes on all of the above without any note of irony.

Bicycling groups also called for a change in the constitution (!) in order to redefine bike paths as roads so they could get a share of the gas taxes.

In effect they do now through a manipulation of all the pots of money sought and used for Oregon transportation.

Instead of the back room deals using gas tax and other tax money for bike paths routed through DC, these guys want a clear path to get their hands on the money.

The one refreshing aspect of this is the recognition–which should be touted from the roof tops–that these people don’t pay for anything they require the rest of the motorists, hunters, etc. to pay for. Remember that. However, in order to salve their vestige of a shadow of a frisson of guilt for being free riders, they want everyone else to pay, too. So much for virtue.

Also, because they know they’ve been drafting on the taxpayers all these years, they want to pay a little to get a seat at the table so they get a lot more.

Read the rest of their bird brained ideas and some reaction from a sane former legislator here.

"Bike Boulevards" Become "Greenways." Call It What You Like ,It Still Comes Down to a War on Cars and Freedom

They’re changing the name of something because it reveals the city’s priorities and, frankly, people are noticing and don’t like it. That’s my opinion and it’s certainly what I’m hearing from the ‘just folks’ around Portland. The name change revelation is reported in the Portland Tribune (here):
City officials found the term bicycle boulevard doesn’t do justice to the neighborhood greenway projects, Chisek says, because they also improve pedestrian safety and help slow traffic in neighborhoods.

We’re all adults and know what’s going on here. The name “bike boulevard” shows it for what it is: a diss on everyone else. Now they’re putting a green veneer on it for PC, PR and probably $$ reasons (grant money, anyone?)
Portland has been doing a slow drive-by on cars for years. Liking bicyclists doesn’t automatically mean you hate cars. But I believe Portland long ago crossed the line into official car hating, if you will. Just take a look at this top of the head/back of the envelope list I came up with this morning to show you the shape of the anti car attitude.


Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

"Bike Boulevards" Become "Greenways." Call It What You Like ,It Still Comes Down to a War on Cars and Freedom

They’re changing the name of something because it reveals the city’s priorities and, frankly, people are noticing and don’t like it. That’s my opinion and it’s certainly what I’m hearing from the ‘just folks’ around Portland. The name change revelation is reported in the Portland Tribune (here):
City officials found the term bicycle boulevard doesn’t do justice to the neighborhood greenway projects, Chisek says, because they also improve pedestrian safety and help slow traffic in neighborhoods.

We’re all adults and know what’s going on here. The name “bike boulevard” shows it for what it is: a diss on everyone else. Now they’re putting a green veneer on it for PC, PR and probably $$ reasons (grant money, anyone?)
Portland has been doing a slow drive-by on cars for years. Liking bicyclists doesn’t automatically mean you hate cars. But I believe Portland long ago crossed the line into official car hating, if you will. Just take a look at this top of the head/back of the envelope list I came up with this morning to show you the shape of the anti car attitude.


Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

HB 3008


Finally, a good law proposed that we all should support.

Oregon Representatives have proposed House Bill 3008 which should help defray the cost of lost revenues and help maintain roadways throughout Portland.

Not all Portlanders are pleased though, as what some call a majority in the city will be responsbile for the $54 payment every two years. Those opposed argue that HB 3008 is just a way for police to keep tabs on them and they should not have to pay to traverse throughout Portland.

Story here

Pdf of bill here

This bicycling “majority” has no problem calling for and seeing others paying increased fees, taxes and what have you, but when it comes their turn, they balk.

Hey cyclists, where’s your “bi-partisan” spirit? Where’s your pride in maintaining Portland beautiful and accessible? You want not only “equal access” to the roads, you want sole access in Portland, but don’t think you should share in the cost?

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

HB 3008


Finally, a good law proposed that we all should support.

Oregon Representatives have proposed House Bill 3008 which should help defray the cost of lost revenues and help maintain roadways throughout Portland.

Not all Portlanders are pleased though, as what some call a majority in the city will be responsbile for the $54 payment every two years. Those opposed argue that HB 3008 is just a way for police to keep tabs on them and they should not have to pay to traverse throughout Portland.

Story here

Pdf of bill here

This bicycling “majority” has no problem calling for and seeing others paying increased fees, taxes and what have you, but when it comes their turn, they balk.

Hey cyclists, where’s your “bi-partisan” spirit? Where’s your pride in maintaining Portland beautiful and accessible? You want not only “equal access” to the roads, you want sole access in Portland, but don’t think you should share in the cost?

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com