Comment 109683

By notlloyd (registered) - website | Posted February 24, 2015 at 18:18:59 in reply to Comment 109680

I am not making any value judgements. I am just trying to answer his question as to why drivers dominate the discussion. Assuming the proportion remains the same on a municipal level, then 84% of tax paying municipal residents drive. So I would not change my answer.

If you do not drive, you receive food from trucks, or services from people who drive to get to work, etc. etc. You cannot remove yourself from the economy so even if you do not drive, you derive a benefit from the roads.

So 84% of the people pay at least 84% of the costs of the municipal roads (they in fact pay more than 84% because of transfer payments from the province to the municipalities.) That is why they dominate the discussion.

100% of people are pedestrians, but 100% of people do not use the roads in the same proportion. The 84% use the roads far more often as drivers than as pedestrians. That is probably why they hold the ideas that they do.

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