Newest council member won’t support licensing

Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik (Ward 6)

I received this email from Tucson’s newest councilman, Steve Kozachik:

The item was originally brought up by the City Manager at the request of one of the other council offices. I don’t know which one was the originator, but Karin Uhlich asked that it be kept on the table for later consideration. No date has yet been set.
I will not be supporting the fee as I believe it would not only not increase revenues to the city (cost of the program would exceed fees collected) but it would discourage the very thing we’re trying to encourage; that is, getting people out of their cars and onto bikes and other alternative transit options.

So far, both Councilman Rodney Glassman, who voted against even keeping the bike licensing as an option, and Councilman Steve Kozachik have said they won’t support the idea.

You can read the original story here.

4 comments
Coghauler
Coghauler

There has got to be some value in what bicycles DON"T require of the transportation structure. The numbers and usage are so disproportionate: a commenter in the link above figured a fair share to be 85¢. Most of us drive, too, and pay our fees and choose to use the road in a less traumatic manner. I'm really tired of the double talk from the city advocating increased bike use and doing substantially nothing to really encourage it. Even the mention of a fee is a step backwards. Better be charging the skateboarders in the bike lanes and the runners and walkers on the multi-use paths something, too. We already pay....and require less. We shouldn't acquiesce to any consequence car-headed government wants to lay on us for our commitment to bicycling.

Paul
Paul

Uhlich is pretty pro bike too. She's a big supporter of the 4th Ave Bike Boulevard project if I am not mistaken. Maybe the registration thing is a bad idea but the idea of a small tax charged at the point of sale in bike shops to tubes, bikes and other parts is gaining traction elsewhere. Maybe that should be considered. Pretty good arguement for it if you ask me from what I read here: http://streetsblog.net/2010/03/24/revisiting-the-idea-of-a-bicycle-tax/

James
James

Steve is an interesting guy. I'm fairly certain he refuses to set foot in a car. You'll frequently see him riding and walking around midtown. He's also an ultra endurance athlete if I'm not mistaken. As far as I know, no one has interviewed him about his stance on bikes and transit. It would be nice to know where he's at on those issues. Bike licensing is a bad idea and I don't think anyone will go for it.

Sean
Sean

Sounds like its time to make some calls to Councilwoman Uhlich!