This is a must read article from Torontoist about what pays for Toronto’s roads (property taxes). So, if you live in Toronto and own property or rent (indirectly paying property tax), then you own the roads.
If you live outside Toronto, you don’t own Toronto’s roads, and you should probably be paying tolls to drive here.
“Cyclists just don’t pay for their fair share of the road.”Have you ever heard that statement from a driver in Toronto, and felt your gut wretch in response? Perhaps you agree with the sentiment. After all, 56 per cent of Torontonians support licensing of cyclists, according to a Forum Research Poll in June. To some people, cyclists appear to use Toronto’s roads for free. For drivers who pay an average of $9,000 a year for gas, insurance, licensing, tickets, registration, maintenance, repairs, and so on, this arrangement might seem unfair.
But are Toronto’s cyclists really freeloaders? Are drivers undergoing severe hardship and bearing the brunt of the costs of maintaining our streets while cyclists cruise along without paying a dime?
What do you say when someone says “cyclists don’t pay for roads”? Let’s discuss this below in the comments.