The Paradox of Mobility and its Costs
The paradoxical relation between mobility and costs is based on the benefits that are derived by the users (e.g. drivers) and the costs that are in part assumed by the society and the environment. Motorization has been linked with increasing demands for mobility. This mobility consumes vast quantities of energy, mainly petroleum. Mobility comes at a cost, which is partially assumed by the users (e.g. fuel, maintenance, licensing, insurance, etc.). However, environmental impacts is a cost mostly assumed by the society. The benefits of mobility are internal to the users while the costs are in part externalized.