Source: Kauffman, R.J. (2001) Paving The Planet: Cars and Crops Competing
For Land, Alert, Worldwatch Institute.
Land Area Consumed by the Car in Selected Countries, 1999
Although Japan is the country among those selected that has the largest
share of its land area devoted to road transportation (3.5%), it is
Canada that allocates the largest amount of space per capita to the
automobile (734 square meters per person), followed by the United States
(573). While the percentage of total land area used by the car is an
indication of density and economic intensity, land area per capita figures
are an indication of car dependency. The case of the United States is
eloquent. About 155,000 square kilometers are reserved for car use,
which equals to 10% of all the available arable land. Even if total
area values are relatively small, roads and parking facilities are dominantly
concentrated in urban areas.