Tax-Happy, Bike-Loving Oregon Passes First Statewide Bike Tax in the Nation


As they passed their $5.3 billion transportation package, Oregon Democrats included a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of 26 inches or more. Leftist Governor Kate Brown will sign it.

Democrats love taxes and they love bikes so you’d think it would go over well, but it hasn’t.

The tax will be collected at the time of sale and will go toward projects “that expand and improve commuter routes for nonmotorized vehicles and pedestrians.”

Still, liberals and Republicans alike are very unhappy.

One local bike shop said it will take $8,000 to $15,000 “right off our bottom line.”

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”

“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient, and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.

Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier blasted what he described as Ms. Brown’s “endless obsession with finding new and innovative ways to take money out of the pockets of Oregon taxpayers.”

Small business owners have expressed their opposition to the tax, saying the $200 price will exempt bike sales from big-box retailers.

“This tax still feels punitive in the fact that it unfairly puts the burden of this tax on small business,” Chris DiStefano, the owner of River City Bicycles in Portland told KPTV earlier this year. “Why would we cut off that revenue source, and potentially 75 percent of the revenue source would be bikes sold through those stores? Why would we cut that out?”

Tax-happy Democrats say bikers aren’t paying their fair share. Democratic state Rep. Earl Blumenauer said it’s only a “modest fee”.

That’s for now! Once it’s in, it will grow. In the meantime, Democrats are nickel-and-diming people to death with fees.

There will be a formal opposition we hear.


  1. The market just opened up for higher-end 24″ wheel adult bicycles in Oregon. Meanwhile, the majority of recumbents aren’t effected. Very well thought out tax. Derrr.

    • Ultimately.. but that could also mean people will be 2nd guessing their biking purchases from small shops if the big box stores are exempt.
      That $200 a month can make or break a business

  2. Well if Or-egone would just build wooden bikes they could grow their own instead of importing the high tech steel, rubber and plastic bikes.

  3. See how corrupt our government and congress is something has to be done to these assholes in office. They all need to be fired.

  4. In All Honestly, Why should the Motoring Public Pay for Bicycle riders. They need to help pay for the roadway too. Most get in the way, slow and hold up traffic, Seems most are Arrogant too! Typical Liberal behavior, Build it for them and Let Somebody else Pay for it. Installing Flame Suit….

    • Fair share? I haven’t seen a bicyclist cost the State money by damaging a road, but I have seen drivers damage roads quite frequently. By the way, I live in Iowa, where the problem of cyclists and motorists getting in each others way is decreased by requiring cyclists to stay as close to the right side of the road as possible. When a road is built well, it allows cars to pass without much effort. We still have our fair share of arrogant pricks who want to hog the road, but that’s not a sales tax issue. That’s an issue that can be decreased with the actual enforcement of traffic codes that are already on the books in Iowa.

  5. The “formal opposition” should be TO VOTE THE TAX AND SPEND LIBERALS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!

  6. I am a republican in Oklahoma and ride bicycles for exercises and I wish we had a path to ride on. I would be glad to pay that per year if we had a lane for us. I don’t except u that don’t use it to pay for it. I don’t understand why they don’t charge every bike instead of just over the 200 dollar bikes. I guese they think only the rich rides a nice bicycle and the poore rides the cheap ones.

  7. The snowflakes certainly are crying about this. And I seriously doubt the ones who are whining about this ride or live in Oregon. Grow up. It’s about fairness, maintenance, and new bike lanes. Bicyclists should have to help cover those costs since it is we who use them. Yes, I am Liberal, an environmentalist, and forester. Don’t like my comment? Bite me

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