Q: Your column focuses on driving problems, but not everyone drives. I, and others, would be interested in a question and answer session that also includes more sustainable modes of transport. Why not talk about cycling? Many people in the Bay Area enjoy riding bikes, and not only for recreational purposes, but also to get from A to B.
It would also not hurt to mention the transit service. Focusing exclusively on cars seems to suggest that guzzling gas is the only way to get around, but that is not the case, and cannot be the case, if we hope to combat climate change. I hope you consider it.
Grant Brookl, San Jose
A: Your point is well made and I will address more sustainable transportation issues as they come up. Bike and transit questions come in, but still not often.
Q: What is your opinion? Does the effort to maintain our roads and bridges conflict with the goal of improving our environment?
California’s gas tax is now 53.9 cents per gallon. It’s never enough.
Governor Gavin Newsom is working to make 35 percent of all new vehicle sales electric by 2035.
What is the state going to do if most vehicles go electric? This will help the environment, but the lack of tax revenue will not be enough to maintain our infrastructure.
It seems counterintuitive to keep raising the DMV fee for electric vehicles. It will never be enough and will discourage your purchase.
As more electric vehicles are sold, gas tax revenues will decrease and there will be less funding to maintain our infrastructure.
Tom Baker, San Jose
A: You raise a valid concern. As gas taxes decline significantly over time, fees will likely be added to electric vehicles to ensure they fairly contribute to the maintenance and other costs of the roads we all share.
Q: If a driver approaches an intersection where he has the right of way and chooses to stop and let another car pass, is he breaking any laws?
This drives me crazy. I find it impossible to track every car at an intersection, so when I look around I notice who is where and hope they continue if I don’t have the right of way. I find it frustrating if I’m waiting for a car to continue passing, only to look back and find it stopped, trying to be “nice” to me, diverting the entire flow of the intersection.
Jim Linder, Saint Joseph
A: The drivers you describe are not breaking any laws. However, it is safer and more efficient for them to follow the rules of the road and drive or turn when it is their turn.
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