Wouldn't it be nice if Oz govt did something similiar instead of discouraging cycling with poor/no infastructure and massive fines for minor cycling infringements like riding sans helmet
Paris will begin to offer hefty tax incentives for residents who buy e-bikes and cargo bikes, or who otherwise ditch their cars in favor of cycling and other forms of transportation.
Subsidies on the table include: up to €400 ($495) for e-bike purchases; €600 ($744) toward both electric and conventional cargo bikes; and €400 for residents who upgrade their conventional bikes with electrical assists. Each subsidy applies to only one bike per person.
The city will also offer €600 for residents who get rid of their personal cars. Furthermore, any Parisian obtaining their driver’s license will also get a €50 ($62) credit toward Vélib', the city’s bike-share program.
These subsidies come after Mayor Anne Hidalgo went on the record last fall saying she wants the city to ban diesel cars by 2024—the year Paris will host the Summer Olympics—and rid itself of all gas-powered cars by 2030. Her vision: a city where residents get around only by bike, public transit, and electric vehicles.
Paris had previously offered residents more than $11,000 USD to swap their gas-powered cars for electric ones. It’s also in the midst of a plan to add about 50 miles of bike lanes and some 10,000 bicycle parking spaces around the city by 2020.