By law, bicyclists can ride on any street -- same as a motorist. Thus they should be licensed -- the same as any motorist. The bikes should thus also be registered -- the same as any vehicle. There should be no special treatment.
Motorists help pay for roads with gas taxes, tolls and license tabs; so should the bikers. Bikers who do not have a driver's license should have to pass a test covering all traffic rules and regulations -- the same as the motorist's written test.
Taxpayer money (state, federal, grants) has been spent for projects specific to bikers -- planning and administration; land procurement, trail development and upkeep; striping and signs along streets and trails, and the development of a rental process ("Nice day for a Nice Ride," June 5).
I wish that the Star Tribune would do an analysis to arrive at the total cost per biker using the streets and trails. I think this sum would be enormous.
ANDY PAKALNS, ST. PAUL
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