ArturoBandini wrote:... A better solution would be to price each mode of transportation based on actual costs (in resources, pollution, logistical management, safety etc) and let people choose what they want to pay for.
Edit: My first sentence is somewhat incomplete. It should really say something more like this: The system by which we pay for public roads does not accurately price the costs of road construction, maintenance, traffic management and related externalities, and does not impose the actual costs of use on the users of the system, but rather applies them indiscriminately to everyone.
My gut reaction is that this sounds regressive. For all practical purposes, most people have to drive if they want to work.
As for peds on the bike paths, my bike has brakes, and I think that increasing the number of stakeholders is a good way to gain additional public support for more paths.