Comment 117273

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 26, 2016 at 21:33:20 in reply to Comment 117268

Municipal road maintenance is mainly funded out of the property tax base, which everyone pays regardless of how they choose to get around.

But road maintenance is mainly caused by wear-and-tear, and the wear-and-tear that causes road damage is a geometric function of vehicle mass. That is to say, a vehicle with 2 times the mass of a lighter vehicle causes around4 times the damage, and a vehicle with 4 times the mass causes around 16 times the damage, and so on.

My mountain bike weighs around 16 kg and my car weighs around 1,225 kg, so every time I ride a bike instead of driving, I'm actually helping to extend the life of the road.

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