kenwstr wrote:If cyclists were required to pay for their use of the roads, what would be a fair amount?
The maintenance costs of the road network are a product of the distance travelled, weight of the vehicle, speed and the width of road used. A little calculation later shows that a fair price for me to use my bike on the road would be around 0.015% of what I pay for my car. Ie for every $100 I pay to use the car, I would be required to pay 1 cent to use the bike. I'd be happy to pay this but somehow, I suspect the administration costs to the general public would exceed that fair amount. While we are being fair and equitable, we should get a rebate for easing our health care burden off the state through a fitter, healthier lifestyle and perhaps a suddenly shortened life eliminating the burden of palliative care and age pension.
Don't sell it short. 1c/day to ride, let's be generous and give the rego-arguers some slack. Given that I pay approx. $1100 to 'use' the car (registration, CTP, the mandatory bits), I think 11c/year is a tad low.