Originally Posted by Alan
Just filing another source in this thread, about how our roads are actually funded, for reference:
Keeping this list going after I hit max buffer size on that old post
14 September 2011
http://seattlelikesbikes.org/wordpress/?p=228 Cyclists must pay their “fair share?”
cites the following:
How Bikes Saved America’s Roads: A Historical Perspective
excerpt from: The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America
by Eric Jaffe
Feb 09 2012
Here's one for the motorists. He claims 22.0 cents per passenger mile in cars compared to 78 cents for buses. It's from 2007.
"Inflation, not bike sharing, is why the gas tax isn't enough" - September 7, 2011
"Analysis Finds Shifting Trends in Highway Funding: User Fees Make Up Decreasing Share" - November, 2009
Mar 01 2012
"...as a rule-of-thumb, the damage caused by a particular load is roughly related to the load by a power of four..."
- Pavement design guide
- How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme, Kaid Benfield, Oct 04, 201
"Announcing Strong Towns, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on the root of these systemic problems: our land use patterns—the way we have designed our towns and neighborhoods."
31 May 2012
2005 BUDGET BRIEFING NOTE - Licensing Cyclists and/or Bicycles
• Bicycle licences are not effective in preventing bicycle theft;
• A cyclist operating licence is not required for police officers to enforce the existing traffic
• Developing a cyclist testing and licensing system would be expensive and divert attention
from enforcing the existing traffic rules for cyclists; and
• Providing more resources for cyclist education and training and increased police enforcement
would be a more cost-effective approach for improving safety.
Based on conservative assumptions, for every pound spent on cycling the Government benefits by three pounds. If the benefits are sustained over 30 years the benefit to cost ratio may be as high as five or six-to-one.
25 June 2012
"This site is a joint project of Portland Transport, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, BikePortland, Portland Afoot and AROW and has been created to serve as a compendium of the best research and arguments supporting cycling as a positive force in urban livability, health and prosperity."
30 June 2012
"Who Really Pays for Streets? We All Do." Published June 18, 2012 by Barb Chamberlain. Excellent article on the topic with further references, e.g.:
-- “fuel taxes and other direct and indirect user fees currently account for less than 60 percent of total system revenue (federal, state, and local), so that users do not bear anywhere near the full costs of their travel”
- Josh Barro - "Transit advocates aren’t incorrect when they grumble about road subsidies. But if they really want American mass transit to work better, they’re missing the key target. A much smarter approach would be three-pronged: reduce subsidies, allow looser urban zoning, and get transit costs down."
Drifting off topic but Good Stuff about how bike facilities work fine with commerce/business zones:
- "Vancouver’s Hornby and Dunsmuir Separated Bike Lanes: Ridership Climbing, Business and Auto Impacts Negligible"
- "Study: Vancouver Merchants Badly Misjudge Effect of Protected Bike Lanes"
San Diego plans to remove bike licensing ordinance; links to Huntington, Los Angeles, San Jose, Long Beach and Santa Monica removing their bicycle license laws:
"While anyone can easily find in granular detail anything they would ever want to know about where bike/ped money goes, and they can get a pretty good idea of what’s going on with transit capital investments, highway spending is a black box — and that’s 80 percent of U.S. transportation dollars."
"Congress and Obama’s administration in June reached a two- year deal on roads and transit. Instead of raising the U.S. gasoline tax, the largest source of revenue for road, bridge and transit spending, the legislation used $18.8 billion in general taxpayer money, in addition to fuel taxes, to keep spending at current levels -- about $52 billion a year -- through fiscal 2014."
"The president hasn’t specified ways to pay for the plan. LaHood and the administration have opposed raising the 18.4 cents-a-gallon U.S. gasoline tax, which has been the main source for highway, bridge and transit expansions since the 1980s. The levy hasn’t been raised since 1993 and isn’t indexed for inflation."
"Since 1947, American highways have run up a deficit bigger than $600 billion, in 2005 dollars. "
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grep bait: road taxes, bike taxes