We often hear angry motorists telling us that cyclists don’t pay gas tax or road tax.
Their logical fallacy is that they do pay for the roads and that we, because we do not pay license fee’s, registration fee’s, and buy gas, do not carry our fair share of the financial load.
This blog turns that idea clearly on its head.
If you have a link to a well researched blog showing how bicycles pay their fair share for road use, please do so in the comments section. Thank you!

True Cost - Analyzing our economy, government policy, and society through the lens of cost-benefit

Freight trucks cause 99% of wear-and-tear on US roads, but only pay for 35% of the maintenance. This $60B subsidy causes extra congestion and pollution, and taxpayers pay the bill.

It seems obvious that the heavier the vehicle, the more damage it does to roads over time. A 40,000 pound big rig probably does a bit more damage than your average 3500 pound consumer vehicle, right? It turns out that vehicle road damage doesn’t rise linearly with weight. Road damage rises with the fourth power of weight, and this means that a 40,000 pound truck does roughly 10,000 times more damage to roadways than the average car [1]!

In other words, one fully loaded 18-wheeler does the same damage to a road as 9600 cars. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the trucking industry represents 11% of all vehicles on the road in the US, while…

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