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The State of Deficient Bridges in the US [930x1350]
A bike is a ‘pay as you go’ form of transport.

You expend a little energy now and you don’t need to buy so many Middle Eastern wars later.

— commentor karenfink on “Why aren’t younger Americans driving anymore?” washpo wonkblog, 22.04.13.
When we’re talking about infrastructure, we never compute the cost of inaction.
The best example? The Army Corps of Engineers had a request in to rebuild the levees in New Orleans before Katrina. It would have been a little under a billion dollars. They said there was no money. After Katrina the federal government spent $17 billion on repair. That’s what the public’s got to start understanding. The cost of inaction is greater than the cost of doing something.

Edward G. Rendell, former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor who now heads an infrastructure advocacy group.

beneath the surface, the beltway crumbles. washpo, 30.03.13.


Houston or SimCity? 
It’s Houston.
(Yes, the Google Maps graphics are a bit of a giveaway)

come on! let’s go play in the park! look at all the pretty trees in neat lines!

How much water does it take to frack a gas well? About 4 Million gallons per well, equivalent amount of water 11,000 families use each day.

fracking’s gonna undo and fuck over all the efforts some people have been making to conserve water and energy.

last night when i was cycling home as usual on telegraph ave., i noticed that church’s chicken had a sign up on its window saying


ughh *facepalm*
do low-income people need to be eating more junk food??!

america-fail-inequality-obesity-food-corporations complex

» ‎"American motorists are among the most heavily subsidized people on earth."

The social costs of driving that are not paid by the driver amount to a $300 billion subsidy each year. The EPA (Lowe, 1988) found that if employees were directly handed this subsidy, transit and bicycle use would go up and auto traffic would go down by 25 percent. A Seattle study found that society pays a $792 subsidy to each motorist each year (excluding a $1,920 annual free parking subsidy). In New York City, the metro area loses $55 billion each year in hidden auto costs associated with safety and environmental damage. More than 90 percent of all commuters park for free at work.

Dispersed, auto-dependent development in Loudoun County, Virginia, is a net loss to the tax base of $700 to $2,200 per dwelling unit. In San Jose, California, planners determined that such development would create annual deficits of $4.5 million compared to a $2 million surplus if future development is compact.

nozziwalkablestreets, 05.03.13.

next time you’re reading the comments on a news article and some ignorant biased guy caps locks saying bicyclists should pay for the road, get licenses, etc, point them to this article.

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