Comment 34039

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted September 23, 2009 at 02:02:40

Kev >> Ryan was right, if you want people to do something, you need to give them an incentive.

What is the incentive for politicians to take the risk of building bike lanes at the expense of car lanes? Why would they risk their re-election just because a minority of people tell them cycling is good, when they KNOW that many more people already like to drive?

Possible incentives...

1) Cash
2) Volunteering to help re-election.
3) Hard evidence, like a petition with massive public support.
4) Willingness of cyclists to pay an extra "cycling" fee that would reduce the road taxes for drivers. This could be based on the premise that because bikes are much cheaper to buy and operate than cars, cyclists could afford to compensate drivers who will be injured by slower traffic.

If everyone believes that Ryan is correct in saying that people are influenced by incentives, what incentives are cyclists using to change the behaviour of Hamilton's politicians?

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