The US has the lowest average gasoline price per gallon of the 12 countries. Residents of the US, however, spend more of their annual income on gasoline than residents of the other countries surveyed. Lower gas prices tend to induce more driving, as a result, drivers in the US travel as much as 3.5 times the kilometers in the other countries.
|Green||Ranked first for statistic|
|Red||Ranked last for statistic|
|Average price of gasoline per gallon||% of annual income spent on gasoline||Cars owned per 1,000 persons||Vehicle kilometers traveled per capita||Biking frequency||Public transit usage||Road fuel consumption per capita|
Average price of gasoline per gallon: GlobalPetrolPrices.com
April 2023. Cost per gallon in U.S. dollars.
Percent of annual income spent on gasoline: Bloomberg
Quarter 3, 2018.
Cars owned per 1,000
European Automobile Manufacturers Association for European countries except Norway, 2016. Includes passenger cars per 1000. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018.
World Data Atlas, for United States, Canada, Norway, Japan, 2015. Motor vehicles include cars, buses, and freight vehicles but do not include two-wheeled vehicles. Population refers to midyear population in the year for which data are available.
Vehicle kilometers traveled per capita: The Rand Corporation
2008. Values are estimated from figure.
Biking Frequency: UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
2015 Mode Share, estimated based on data collected on selected cities.
*Sweden based on Nordic value, Australia based on other OECD Pacific value
Public transit usage: Greendex
Combined percentage who responded that they use public transit “at least once a week” or “every day or most days,” for 2014. Other options in survey included “at least once a month,” “a few times per year,” “once a year or less,” or “never.”
Road fuel consumption per capita: World Bank
Indicator from original source no longer available on World Bank data website. 2011.
“Global cyclists say NO to carbon – opt for CDM” Leszek J. Sibilski
October 27, 2015.
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) promotes greenhouse gas reduction projects but there have been none so far targeting bicycling. Bicycling has a Carbon Intensity of Travel of 17 g CO2e/pkm compared to 191 g CO2e/pkm for a medium-sized car, a difference that some city planners are taking into account as bicycling is on the rise.
“Macron’s U-turn on eco-tax rise gives green lobby fuel for thought” Jonathan Watts
December 4, 2018.
The French president has been forced to postpone a raise on fuel eco-tax due to violent protests. This has been a warning to other politicians around the globe to plan carefully before introducing similar measures to reduce carbon emissions, lest it be received poorly.