Democrat Ting moves to extend ban on tolls for pedestrians, bicyclists

People who drive cars pay gas taxes.  That money goes toward building/repairing bridges, fixing our streets and making our roads safe.  Government has stolen that money to give it away for those who want walking and bike lanes on bridges and bike lanes on streets—causing massive congestion due to lack of car lanes.

Now a San Fran Democrat, acting like a Socialist (sorry about being redundant) want bikers and folks who want to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, to be subsidized by car drivers.  Like other freeloaders, they think it is a human right to steal from the workers and the productive people.

““We have spent decades promoting active lifestyles to improve our health and carbon-free transportation alternatives to combat our climate crisis. Sidewalk tolls would undo that work,” Ting said in a statement. “My bill ensures everyone has free access to bike and walk across California’s iconic bridges, encouraging more people to get out of their cars and enjoy the outdoors.”

Back in 2015, Ting authored AB 40, the original law to ban tolls for pedestrians and bicyclists for five years. He authored it just as the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District was considering a sidewalk fee for the more than 10,000 pedestrians and 6,000 bicyclists who cross the bridge daily.

If I, in my care have to spend $8 dollars to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, why shouldn’t those on bikes and walking do the same?  Theft—that is what Democrats are about.

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Ting moves to extend ban on tolls for pedestrians, bicyclists

Bay City News, SF Examiner,  2/22/20   

California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced Friday he’s proposing keeping Bay Area bridges free for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Currently there’s a ban on tolls for anyone walking or bicycling across any of the state’s seven toll bridges that have sidewalk access, all of which are located in the Bay Area.

However, because the ban expires in January 2021, Ting is introducing Assembly Bill 2674 in order to extend the toll ban for another 10 years.

“We have spent decades promoting active lifestyles to improve our health and carbon-free transportation alternatives to combat our climate crisis. Sidewalk tolls would undo that work,” Ting said in a statement. “My bill ensures everyone has free access to bike and walk across California’s iconic bridges, encouraging more people to get out of their cars and enjoy the outdoors.”

Back in 2015, Ting authored AB 40, the original law to ban tolls for pedestrians and bicyclists for five years. He authored it just as the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District was considering a sidewalk fee for the more than 10,000 pedestrians and 6,000 bicyclists who cross the bridge daily.

According to Ting’s office, keeping the state’s toll bridge’s sidewalks free exemplifies California’s commitment to public recreation, while fostering sustainable ways to move around.

AB 2674 is expected to be heard in committee in the coming months, Ting’s office said.

Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition, said, “Bicycling and walking are solutions to many problems we face. State policy should encourage people to walk and bike, not penalize them by charging a fee to use public roads and bridges.”

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Comments

  1. Think about this folks, that is one long bridge, and too often it is cold and windy. Except for those wanting a thrill who really wants to do this?

    Since pedestrians are not a real item for commute…let them have it for free and watch the suicides go up. With bikes, to heck with them….let them pay like everyone else.

  2. Why should toll-paying automobile drivers subsidize people who ride bicycles? If bicycle riders want to use a bicycle lane, they should pay a toll or a license fee.

  3. I say no new taxes and no new fees, toll lanes and bridges are unconstitutional in my mind. We already pay gas taxes, vehicle registration and all kinds of taxes and fees in California.

    I read somewhere that the Golden Gate bridge district has a spokeswoman that makes over $200,000 a year, why give these politicians more of our hard earned money to create more bureaucracies who will tax us to keep their bureaucracy going? Google how many state agencies California has; I’ll give you a hint, each letter A – Z has 30 or 40 agencies. We should cut back to five or less agencies per letter – max!

    in some counties, if you don’t pay the county an extra $150 – $500 a year, the fire department won’t come to your house if it catches on fire.

    If the bureaucrats would stop wasting our money, we wouldn’t have to pay so many ridiculous taxes and fees. California bureaucrats: Stop mistreating the taxpayers.

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