|Congestion rumming late. Photo: Lars Barfred|
Imagine the number of cash registers a Supermarket must have to eliminating any customers needing to wait in line. The same way, imagine the the number of buildings that would have to be torn down to increase car lanes in your city, knowing that each time you add a car lane car traffic increases distances in the city become to great to walk and bike, adding even more cars.
If you want to lift the loss to societal level, you would have to deduct the cost of the remedy. For example if the “time loss” annually is worth 1 billion, and the cost of eliminating the “time loss” would be half a billion annually, then the societal loss of doing nothing to relieve the “time loss” is half a billion, not a billion. If it is more expensive to remedy the time loss, than the value of the “lost time”, there is no societal loss!
The same way as the bicyclist use his commute to get some degree of physical activity integrated into a fast paced modern life schedule, and the mass transit commuter maybe work on his iPad, watch a movie or read a book.
Finally the big joke about the assumed “time loss” is; Ask any member of the commission, what the “time loss” is of the majority of commuters, namely those who do not commute by car in, to or from Copenhagen.
No one will be able to answer that question, no one knows –it is only the time of the car commuter they bothered to care about!
In my mind the challenge car congestion externalizes to the city;