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2012-08-14 22:32:48.387491+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Yeah, you knew this already: Victoria Transport Policy Institute: Whose Roads? Evaluating Bicyclists’ and Pedestrians’ Right to Use Public Roadways

Currently, only about half of U.S. roadway expenditures are financed by motor vehicle user fees, as indicated in Table 3. The portion of roadway expenses funded by user fees is declining, as indicated in Figure 2, because roadway costs increase with inflation, but fuel taxes and registration fees, are fixed fees that do not. Vehicle user fees would need to double to fully fund roadway costs.

Via Karen Lynn Allen's takedown of a troll over on sf.streetsblog.org which includes this table

External Costs (Cents per Mile) (Litman 2009)
Roadways subsidies3.3 cents.3 cents0.0 cents
Parking subsidies10 cents.2 cents0.0 cents
Traffic congestion4 cents.2 cents0.0 cents
Crash risk imposed on others8 cents.2 cents0.2 cents
Environmental costs4 cents0.0 cents0.0 cents
Totals29.3 cents.9 cents.2 cents

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-22 14:34:53.19027+00 by: m [edit history]

As I learned long ago, cost audits generally show whatever the auditor wants them to show.

Sidewalks are fairly expensive to maintain depending on the area that they are in. A cracked block in a sidewalk must be replaced. In many cities sidewalks must be swept prior to 08:00, snow and ice must be cleared. Salting has a high environmental cost. In other areas, sidewalks contribute to water run off instead of absorption into the ground. Insurance costs can be high depending on local law and accident settlement proclivities. A fall injury in Manhattan will result in a settlement that averages 9x that of the same injury in upstate NY.

I have seen audits showing that paper cups have total costs of more than Styrofoam cups, less than Styrofoam cups and about the same as Styrofoam cups. One study includes the generation of methane from the degeneration of paper (~25x higher green house effect than CO2), another doesn't. Similar considerations on the flip side of the coin.

I don't trust any audit that I haven't done myself, and I don't trust those either.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-19 15:52:26.345855+00 by: Dan Lyke

Good catch!

#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-18 23:02:41.440983+00 by: m

There are no costs associated with building sidewalks for people to walk on?

There are some streets so congested that even the people are jammed, never mind any type of vehicle. Personally known to me are the areas around Wall St and China Town in NYC.