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.