Friday, July 31, 2009

Car Subsidies in Vancouver

A recent article (also here) is perpetuating one of the most persistent myths of modern society - that cyclists aren't paying their fare share for road use.

In fact private car ownership is one of the most subsidized aspects of our society.  In Metro Vancouver taxpayers subsidize car owners to the tune of $6.6 billion per year.  In places like Ontario it is even higher.

So cyclists who drive little or never are actually helping to subsidize the polluting habits of frequent car drivers.

1 comment:

Oemissions said...

The social costs of driving are now over $200 Billion for Canada.
In 2006 it was $187.5 Billion.
How many cyclists kill and injure each other each year?
In the US 250,000 deaths from auto accidents.
One mile of road averages a million dollars. One traffic light is around $49,000.
Cyclists don't leak gas and oil all over the place and dirty our streets and air and cause me to don a gas mask and ear plugs.