The headline to this TIME articles reads: “We pay more to drive than we spend on taxes.” Yes, it’s around 10K per year for the average (American) family, or let’s say 1K per month for anyone of above average socioeconomic standing, as would be reading my blog.
But how much are we also spending on driving, via our taxes? These pay for road building and maintenance, but also highway police, Arabian wars, cleaning up oil spill, paramedics, and hospital beds to treat people who have never walked or cycled and are therefore obese. Would our tax be halved, or perhaps quartered, if we switched to bike transport and trains? I gotta move!