Our recently released bicycle survey has kicked up quite a honey-bee’s nest of attention, including some buzz from Boise Weekly. We want to thank everyone who participated in the survey and passed it along to friends and associates around Idaho.
But the survey is only part of a larger project. We here at Idaho Walk Bike Alliance are working on an infographic which we hope will counter the perception that bicyclists don’t pay their share of transportation costs. Included in the infographic will be data we draw from the survey, which aims to understand what percentage of those riding a bicycle in Idaho also own automobiles.
Because our transportation systems draw revenue from user fees (registration and license fees, fuel taxes), as well as from general funds (property taxes, income taxes, etc.), it’s important for us to understand that bicyclists, as well as pedestrians, are indeed paying their share of transportation costs. And because bicycle trips incur significantly less road wear than motor vehicle trips, it might be argued that bicycling subsidizing driving.
Click here to visit the Boise Weekly story.