Copenhagen has more bikes than cars: Should the United States tax cars so much that people stop driving them?

  • Yes, I think so.

    To create a thriving bike culture in America’s cities, people must begin to view bicycling as Europeans do — not just as a way of exercising, but as a serious form of urban mass transportation. Once riding bikes reaches an price crossover point for the majority of commuters, the result will be more and better infrastructure and a change in attitude that will make biking to work something for the general population and not just the strange, the young or the poor.

  • The United States should not tax cars in an attempt to get people to drive less.

    The United States should not tax cars in an attempt to get people to drive less. First of all, a lot of people would not let this deter them. This is evident as gas prices rise and people continue to commute in their vehicles or alone instead of car pooling. Another reason is that there are other ways to approach the problem. For example, if the worry is congestion, expand roads, or if it is pollution, fix fuels.

  • It is not practical.

    The United States is much more spread out than Europe. In Europe you can rely on public transportation to take you from any single point in Europe to any other single point in Europe. The United States is not this way. Many cities are far apart and public transportation systems do not cover the area.

  • No, it would be unfair for the United states to tax cars so much that people would stop driving them.

    No, the United States should not tax cars so much that people stop driving them. It is unfair to target any segment of the population by increasing taxes on specific products that they alone purchase. Just because some people disagree with another person's right to use said products does not make the purchasers of these products criminals to be punished. This would not only negatively impact the users economically, but in some cases, could limit a citizen's access to job and educational opportunities. Furthermore, this practice would negatively impact auto manufacturers and the people who are employed by those companies.

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