Washington State Rep. Ed Orcutt has taken back his “over the top” words against cyclists in the state. In an apology written to Seattle Bike Blog earlier this week, Orcutt admits that his claim that a person riding a bicycle emits more carbon dioxide than someone driving a car was “over the top” and should not be part of the conversation regarding whether cyclists should help pay state transportation costs.  The legislation that sparked the comments proposes a $25 tax on the purchase of any bicycle $500 or more. Yet, Orcutt fought against plans to raise Washington’s 37.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax. For more on the issue, see our earlier article.

Ashley Wright is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire.