Deborah Simmons, a Washington Times opinion writer, thinks that Capital Bikeshare should be targeted for budget savings
How’s this for saving money?: Curb spending on the Capital Bikeshare program.
Probably not very effective. Operation of the current system isn't very expensive. The whole thing nearly breaks even and in DC it probably turns a small profit - that's without earning ad revenue that the Mayor has included in the last two budgets and targeted for general spending. What little money could be redirected is CMAQ funding and it can't really be used to fill DC's current budget hole.
Motorists and other taxpayers certainly don’t want to wage war on bicyclists,
That's good to know, but is she aware that bicyclists are often also motorists and also taxpayers, which means she's saying "people don't want to wage war on themselves"?
even though bikers, including those who do not use Capital Bikeshare, are getting a free ride
The woman who can't be bothered to do any research is right. Other than the membership fee and overage charges CaBi users pay, they're getting a completely free ride as long as 3% free is considered "complete". Meanwhile drivers, as regular readers know, are covering nearly half of the cost of roads.
and don’t always follow the rules of the road or the letter of the law.
This is neither relevant nor a way of distinguishing cyclists from drivers or pedestrians.
But let’s be real: Capital Bikeshare is run by the D.C. Department of Transportation, and DDOT provides all of the funding for the program.
OK, let's be real. CaBi is actually run by DDOT and Arlington County. Users pay almost all of the cost of operating the system and much of the capital costs are paid by the federal government. BIDs also pitch in. Very little DC money has gone into the system.
If that’s a fair deal for non-biking D.C. residents and motorists,
And it is, since they have paid effectively nothing for the benefits of cleaner air, less congestion, more available parking and better public health.
how about giving a break to drivers — who, after all, pay more than their fair share to drive and park in the city.
But drivers don't pay "more than a fair share to drive and park in the city". They pay only half of it. And because the gas tax hasn't been raised in decades, inflation has given them a break every year since The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles was cancelled. If drivers want a break, they can always walk or bike more.