Getting drivers to pay their share
I've been doing some reading (pdf) on the costs of roads, especially within cities. I'm trying to compile the equivalent research for Toronto to see if cyclists are paying more than their fair share and getting less back in terms of cycling infrastructure than what they pay in property taxes. (Even if you are renting you end up paying property taxes indirectly).
One way to get drivers to pay their share is through congestion charges such as in London, or now in Manchester. A more hi-tec way is through road pricing that tracks where and when you use the roads - drivers end up paying more for driving in congestion than out on some quiet country road.
Mayor Miller has consistently been opposed to road tolls, but has he really investigated all the options? Drivers can be made to pay more through higher parking fees in public parking stalls, or by forcing businesses to charge for parking. I think the city is investigating these options.
And on the federal level, why doesn't the government give out $2000 rebates to cyclists and transit users? We are so much more efficient than drivers buying hybrids, and we should be paid for the service we provide society in reduced congestion and greenhouse gases.
It just goes to show the ad-hoc nature of the federal plans.
How can we push Miller to do more?