Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar
Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon
“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector:
the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown
Bicycle Riding is 3-12 Times As Deadly As Cars.
“Cyclists in the EU now account for eight per cent of all traffic fatalities, up
one-third in the last decade. In the urban areas, cyclists account for 12 per cent
of all road fatalities. In the Netherlands, a great cycling nation that politicians
often hold up as a model, cyclists account for 30 per cent of fatalities. The bicycle,
where it is most in vogue, is a killing machine: fatalities are five to 10 times
that of automobiles per kilometre travelled.” http://ti.org/antiplanner/?p=13988
784 cyclists died in 2005 (p. 86). That would make the death rate 0.37 to 1.26 deaths
per 10 million miles.
33,041 motorists/passengers died (p. 86) from 3 trillion miles travelled (p. 15),
making their death rate 0.11 per 10 million miles travelled.
18-34 MPG for walking becomes equivalent to a car getting 11.25-21.25 MPG
70-130MPG for biking becomes equivalent to a car getting 43.75-81.25 MPG
Analysis: ‘The carbon footprint of riding a sandwich-fueled bicycle could be 30 percent
higher than driving’. '
You still can alter your behavior to reduce your carbon footprint. In particular,
make sure you don’t ride a bike when you could drive a car. How’s that? Well, the
people at Phyics.org thought the sandwich-climate topic was important enough to get
access to the full text of the original article. They pass on this particularly interesting
tidbit: A bacon, sausage, and egg sandwich (the whole Hampton Inn breakfast buffet
in one tidy package) has a carbon footprint “equivalent to CO2 emissions from driving
a car for 12 miles.”
Driving a car uses energy that comes from gasoline. Riding a bike uses energy that
comes from the bicyclist’s food. Both sources of energy have carbon footprints. We
are told CO2 emissions from the life-cycle process of producing a sandwich is equal
to that of driving a car 12 miles. The question, then, is how far will the calories
in that sandwich take you on a bike? ...
The bicyclist would need to eat 1.3 sandwiches to go 12 miles. That is, the CO2 footprint
of riding a sandwich-fueled bike would be 30 percent higher than driving a car.