News: Interview with Janette Sadik-Khan on complete streets

“What we’re trying to do is see equity of public space. When you build your streets for cars, you’re actually building in the expectation that people are going to have cars. It costs $10,000 per year for a household to own and maintain a car. We’re talking about building in affordable options for people to get around. Make it easier for people to get around.”
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Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.

3 thoughts on “News: Interview with Janette Sadik-Khan on complete streets”

  1. I don’t know where she gets the cost of 10,000 a year to own a car – I know for a fact it doesn’t cost me anywhere near that amount – maybe she buys a new one every year

    1. Remember the context – she’s talking about NYC.
      The cost is totally inclusive of the owner/operator’s costs, but excludes broader societal costs (pollution, road/parking subsidies from the tax base, health care costs, etc). The societal costs are a significant multiplier of the out-of-pocket costs.
      In Ontario, Natural Resources Canada and others peg the average annual distance driven to be between 18,000 and 20,000 km. Canada Revenue Agency pegs the current all-in cost of operating through their “mileage allowance rate”, which is currently $0.54/km for the first 5,000 km and $0.48/km after that. At 20,000km/yr, that’s $9,900.
      That costing includes capital depreciation, fuel, maintenance, licensing, insurance, parking, etc.
      Consumer Reports and MoneySense magazine have done similar costings using real examples, with similar results.
      Can you do better? Yes.

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