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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.

So cyclists are either 3.4x or 11.5x as likely to die as motorists, per passenger mile. Neither conclusion is very happy.    https://bicycleuniverse.info/bicycle-safety-almanac/





Bikes Save Little Energy Compared To The Best Cars


Now walking consumes 18–34 MPG of oil equivalent, and biking comes in at 70–130 MPG.



NOTE: The average car has 1.6 occupants, so that:

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