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Thank you. Very telling, even in regard to mass transit. The cognitive distortions that automobile culture has imposed on us are staggering. If you added the unaccounted costs of damage to public goods (air, water, human health, etc.) and the opportunity costs of public investment in roads, that graph would look much worse.

One small aspect to these analyses that I would be interested to see addressed would be how significantly road freight factors in. For example, I don't own a car, and I only use the bus or take a taxi a few times each month (at the most). But I order things online, and purchase/use goods locally that have been delivered via road freight. I'd assume that the cost I pay for these goods would reflect the cost of transport, and in turn, include the "gas tax" to a certain extent. In this way, I am "using" and "paying for" the federal highway system, however fractionally, on an almost daily basis.

I'd imagine this would be a bit challenging to quantify though

In the report they do break out just freight trucks. But they don't cover their costs either. Once you get to 2nd order uses (the police, ambulances, freight) etc... it naturally gets more complicated.

Thank you for posting this. Haven't begun reading it yet, but this looks like exactly the type of analysis that we need our transportation policy makers to hear and to understand.

Is there any study on the number of nerdy scientists, analysts and policy wonks among cyclists? Its amazing how many analytical minds are on this blog.

I don't know, but I believe the first time we see Hawking in the "Theory of Everything" he's riding a bike. Just saying...

Ah, but how fast is he going?

...and then there's the iconic picture of Einstein at Princeton.

"A 200-pound bicyclist with a 50-pound bike" isn't going to be getting anywhere anytime soon. Odd choice for an example.

"A 200-pound bicyclist with a 50-pound bike."

It's a standard unit of measurement, the Walmart biker.

if its a standard measurment it should be in SI:
The 90.8 kg cyclist on a 22.7kg bicycle, at room temperature and pressure, at G.

as to biking correlating with analytical thinking, in my general practice law firm, those with science degrees are more likely to ride bikes.

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