• Sara Rimer

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer spent 26 years as a reporter at the New York Times, where she wrote about education, the death penalty, immigration, and aging in America, and was the New England bureau chief. The Times nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her coverage of the death penalty was cited by the Supreme Court in its landmark 2002 ruling outlawing the execution of developmentally disabled individuals. She began her career as a reporter at the Miami Herald and also worked at the Washington Post. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in American Studies. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Mayors Say Their Cities Are Unsafe for Pedestrians, Cyclists—but Cars Still Rule

  1. Us car owners pay the gas tax, registration fees and so for the roads. We have right also. Start making bicyclists pay fees for bike lanes also. Till then, I won’t be guilt tripped.

    1. What about the huge amount of parking mandated by zoning covering virtually every building in the U.S. (https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/07/parking-has-eaten-american-cities/565715/), with most of the parking being free? What about all the roadways that were built before gas taxes and registration fees were used to fund road construction and maintenance (storage for other goods aren’t subsidized)? What about all of the anger with toll roads – what do you think the reaction would be if we had all roadways privatized so that drivers are funding the full costs of driving . And, finally, how are drivers paying for all of the pollution they dump into the atmosphere that we all have to breathe – we have to pay to dump our trash from our homes, why not from our cars? Make no mistake, pollution is a cost that gets borne by everyone in terms of health and well-being (i.e. would you willingly let somebody pump exhaust into your house?).

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