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Old 03-03-09, 06:04 PM   #1
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Yahoo front page....

Has a link to an article about traffic congestion..... The picture has a cyclist speeding past cars.... I'm guessing its a complete fluke, especially since no where in the article is a bicycle even mentioned...

http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/am...ed-cities.html
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Old 03-03-09, 06:14 PM   #2
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Yeah and it seems like such an easy fix, doesn't it?
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Preaching to the choir.... But I was thinking... That girl who moved to get within 8miles from work, could EASILY ride. Even with the hills in So. Cal. It would be difficult, but it probably wouldn't take much more time at all!

When I ride to work, I have actually beaten people who live closer than I do.... They get stuck on the 80/94 and I just pedal along.... People were amazed that I made just over 6 miles in less than 25min..... I wasn't even pushing that hard, cuz I had to work in the ER for 16 hours....


When will America learn? Sigh.....(And I'm a conservative! )
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I did temporary duty down in the SF Bay Area for about 8 months a few years ago. I had an apartment in Redwood Shores and worked out of a building in San Mateo. I think it was only 2 or maybe 3 freeway exits between where I got on and where I got off. Because the traffic on 101 was so incredibly bad, it was 2-3 times faster for me to ride my bike up the Bay Trail to get into work than drive my car. It had the bonus of being an incredibly beautiful ride along the bay.
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If the majority of people in LA rode a bike even one day a week it would make a dramatic difference.
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If the majority of people in LA rode a bike even one day a week it would make a dramatic difference.
But it's too hard, there are too many hills, I'd have to get up earlier, it's too hot, it's too cold, yadda, yadda, yadda...
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Congestion -- the best bike advocacy.

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If the majority of people in LA rode a bike even one day a week it would make a dramatic difference.
Yeah, but it is so hard for people to comprehend this...

Just look at the responses to that idea in this thread...

Us vs. Cars

And these folks ARE bike commuters.

What it comes down to is really a small change in cycling modal share can make a huge difference in traffic congestion and oil consumption.

It doesn't take much. Even that "one day a week" could indeed make a huge difference.

The picture below illustrates just what a difference a bicycle can make.

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So Cal, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, is one big city that the passenger car built. You would think that, with all the innovation usually coming out of California, they would have solved this bicylcle commuting business by now. Seems to me that this is one area where Cali lags behind the rest of us.
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So Cal, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, is one big city that the passenger car built. You would think that, with all the innovation usually coming out of California, they would have solved this bicylcle commuting business by now. Seems to me that this is one area where Cali lags behind the rest of us.
I fully agree, especially with the generally mild climate one finds here... it should be cycling heaven. Unfortunately, So Cal loves the car.
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I have lived and worked in this area (Dayton) for a little less then 10 years. I am always amazed by the fact that this "rust belt" zone has some of the most beautiful bike trails in the country. We have well over 300 miles of paved path; there are very few places in town which are not accessible by one of these trails.

What is even more amazing is that, except for during the height of summer, not too many people use this trail system. If one were to make a survey, counting the walkers, bikers and bladers, you would be hard pressed to find a thousand users, even on a nice weekend afternoon. As for commuters: I may come into contact with 5 or 6 during summer, but I see hardly anyone this time of year.

When I consider how congested the roads are, especially around the Air Force Base and/or the once thriving auto plants, I am always glad to be on my lonely stretch of bike path. I can not even begin to imagine returning to a life of driving a car every day -- and I hope to never again have to move back to one of the bigger cities.
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