Most of us are focused on how much commuting costs US. It’s a very big part of most people’s budgets, especially if you drive a car. Or if, like me, you have a taste for expensive, beautiful bikes! But most of us do not think about the fact that every time we commute – even if we WALK – our society pays a price too. Of course, it’s obvious once we stop to think about it – the cost of roads, bike routes, sidewalks, transit subsidies, etc.
Here’s an infographic that shows how much your commute actually costs society. I was a little horrified to see how heavily we subsidize one mode of commuting … guess which one?
Graphic created by Christine McLaren, Discourse Media. This was originally published as part of Moving Forward, an independent journalism project produced by Discourse Media.
Another way to look at it: if your commute costs society comparatively little, you are actually saving society some money. So … yet another reason to commute by bike 🙂
And here are another 10 excellent reasons to be a bike commuter.
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