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And we haven’t yet touched on the costs of air, water and noise pollution from motor vehicles. Or that bikes burn calories, not oil. Or the costs of motor-vehicle crashes that we all share (in 2011, drivers of motor vehicles in Minnesota killed 368 people and injured more than 30,000, for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion).
Cars and trucks are desirable and necessary, but there are costs for each mile we choose to drive that we never feel. Perhaps we should indeed align the costs of building and maintaining various facilities so they are more in direct proportion to who uses them and how much by each mode. Do we want our few bikeways that crowded, though?
WALKER ANGELL, Vadnais Heights
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