Monday, June 2, 2014

Cost of cars, health

Study shows public health often ignored in transportation policy: ""The public health effects of heavy traffic are broad," said study author Carolyn McAndrews, PhD, assistant professor at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, one of the largest schools of its kind in the U.S. "Studies have found associations between high-traffic roads and high mortality rates, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, poor birth outcomes and traffic-related injuries.""

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cost of auto collisions $900, cost of #freetransit $100. (per person per year)

New NHTSA Study Shows Motor Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): "WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. This includes $277 billion in economic costs – nearly $900 for each person living in the United States based on calendar year 2010 data — and $594 billion in harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Study shows Brazil subsidizes cars over #publictransit 12 to 1

R7.COM: A cada R$ 1 investido em transporte público, governo dá R$ 12 em incentivo para carro e moto: "Estudo do Ipea atribui a essa relação de valores o aumento da frota particular no país

A cada R$ 12 gastos em incentivos ao transporte particular, o governo investe R$ 1 em transporte público. A constatação foi feita pelo Ipea (Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas Aplicadas) no estudo sobre a mobilidade urbana no Brasil, divulgado na última quarta-feira (25). A pesquisa considera as três esferas de governo do país: municipal, estadual e federal."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Free parking is car welfare

The Weekly Nabe: "The average cost of residential space in my zip code is $892 per square foot. That means the total value of the street space that the city gives away for free is nearly $9 million. And that’s on my block alone.

comment by Eric McClure:

Based on your calculations, Keith, I worked out the monthly mortgage payment if everyone on the block had to buy a parking space rather than get one for free. Using a Toyota Prius as the average model, and allowing for a little space between cars, I calculated that there’s space for 78 cars on the block. Assuming that everyone had put down 20% for their spots, the monthly payment per spot, at a 4% interest rate, would be about $437. Seems about fair."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cost of parking, more traffic

A surprising amount of traffic isn’t caused by people who are on their way somewhere. Rather it is caused by people who have already arrived. Our streets are congested, in part, by people who have gotten where they want to be but are cruising around looking for a place to park.

Donald Shoup is professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (

Friday, April 11, 2014

No money for #freetransit? Arctic warming will cost USD 60Trillion

U.S. Coast Guard
Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion | Climate Central: "The new study focuses on one potential impact of Arctic warming in particular — the release of methane gas, which is a potent global warming agent, from frozen deposits known as “methane hydrates,” located beneath the East Siberian Sea. Studies have projected that as the ocean temperatures warm in response to the loss of sea ice, some of the methane will be released into the atmosphere. Methane is a more potent, but shorter-acting, global warming gas when compared to carbon dioxide (CO2)."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cost of #autosprawl, your life!

Planetizen : "The ten smartest growth counties have about a quarter of the per capita annual traffic fatality rates of the most sprawled counties. Yet, smart growth is usually advocated primarily for its infrastructure saving and environmental benefits, we fail to communicate its very large safety benefits."