taterguy (1000+ posts) Sun Jul-26-09 06:40 PM
If we're handing out cash for higher mileage vehicles; WHERE THE HELL'S MY MONEY?
Sorry, but this really sticks in my craw.
I use a bicycle for most of my transportation.
I do it for a lot of reasons.
One, but not the only, is that I felt silly in 1990 chanting NO BLOOD FOR OIL.
So now we have this spiffy new government program. If you have a vehicle which gets low mileage (Most of which were bought after the 1990 war; and 99% of which were bought after the 1970s Energy Crisis), the government gives you $4,000 for buying a new vehicle, but it has to be a car.
I don't ask for much.
I accept that in my area there's not going to be any investment in making it safe for me to bike to work; despite the fact that a considerable portion of the money the government spends for road building and and maintenance comes from general revenue funds. I've read my city's budget. It's several million dollars, and that doesn't count state and federal expenditures.
So I bike to work anyway, despite the fact that the only road that leads to my employer has been officially designated "Unsuitable for bicycles", and that there are abandoned railroad tracks next to this road that would make an ideal bike path.
But now I need a new bike. It would only cost $500, because my friendly local bike shop owner likes me.
Could I please have a little more than 10% of what you car folks are getting?