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    Poll: I'd support just about anything that would keep...

    I'd support just about anything that would keep people from riding on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalk. My dog and I were almost killed by a shirtless, grown adult on a BMX who flew...
  2. I telecommute and the lady bikes to work (3 miles...

    I telecommute and the lady bikes to work (3 miles round trip). Apart from the occasional day trip (like a concert in western MA yesterday) we hardly ever drive. Certainly saving quite a bit more than...
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    I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have a...

    I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have a natural aversion to driving. I didn't even like it as a teenager.

    We drove more when we were living in NC but now that we're in grad school and...
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    I'll never understand these arguments against...

    I'll never understand these arguments against solar/wind energy... the ones that make the argument that so many gallons of fossil fuels were needed to make the panels. Some people use this argument...
  5. That's fantastic. This shows that people are...

    That's fantastic. This shows that people are coming to their senses (at least in your community). Our lives will surely be more localized in coming years, so why not start living it today, as opposed...
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    Well said. I'll add that those who imagine a...

    Well said. I'll add that those who imagine a miracle "alternative" fuel also don't realize how large and important a role oil and its derivatives play in our lives.

    To quote Jim Kunstler, "We are...
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    ^ I suppose that's true. In my case anyway, we...

    ^ I suppose that's true. In my case anyway, we were going to Cape Cod, a popular summer destination, to which the vast majority of people drive (and sit in hours of traffic approaching the two...
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    Car-free vacation

    Forget taking a "stay-cation." I'd rather be creative with transportation options. That's why my girlfriend and I set out on a MULTI-MODAL long weekend trip to Cape Cod from Boston for the 4th of...
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    Amtrak is pretty excellent in the NE Corridor...

    Amtrak is pretty excellent in the NE Corridor (between Boston and DC). They don't have to share the track with frieght trains and they're electrified too. Not the cheapest way to ride to NYC (that's...
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    Take a look at real estate values. Home prices in...

    Take a look at real estate values. Home prices in the outer suburbs are dropping precipitiously while city condos and houses closer in (and near transit) are keeping their values. That's the trend...
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    It's actually quite the norm in many locales to...

    It's actually quite the norm in many locales to not own a car or to own one and use it infrequently, especially when one can walk, bike, or ride transit basically anywhere he or she needs to go. I...
  12. I didn't get out there this past weekend, but...

    I didn't get out there this past weekend, but this coming weekend we're taking a ferry from Boston to Provincetown (on the tip of Cape Cod) and pedaling down to Dennis (that's about 2/3 of the way...
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    I've been able to sell my girlfriend on riding...

    I've been able to sell my girlfriend on riding the bus. Public transit gets a bad rap in the south, which is probably why she didn't ride it much before, but I think she appreciates the convenience...
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    If I'm wearing khakis (Mon - Thurs for work) then...

    If I'm wearing khakis (Mon - Thurs for work) then I peg my right leg and pull my sock over. Pretty dorky but it keeps the grease, etc. off my pants.

    If I'm wearing jeans I just roll up the right...
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    The Fung Wah is about 100x more likely to explode...

    The Fung Wah is about 100x more likely to explode somewhere along I-95 though! But still, it's strange how the estimated trip times of Acela trains are only about an hour and a half shorter than the...
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    I'm totally applying for a job with NAP when I...

    I'm totally applying for a job with NAP when I move back to the Boston area this summer.
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    Damn. I never thought of that.

    Damn. I never thought of that.
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    Sticky: My girlfriend works at a transitional homeless...

    My girlfriend works at a transitional homeless shelter and they get all sorts of expired food from a local specialty/natural grocery (like a smaller, independent Whole Foods). Problem is, a lot of...
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    ^ I was on one of those yesterday - it's like...

    ^ I was on one of those yesterday - it's like walking at warp speed.
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    I'm one of those crazy people that thinks the...

    I'm one of those crazy people that thinks the number of people who "need" SUVs is a lot smaller than the number of people who drive SUVs.

    That being said, you raise an interesting question....
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    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. ;)...

    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. ;) The reason some suggest two different types of locks is because they require two different types of tools to destroy 'em. With a chain you could...
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    It's a valid point, but all it proves is that the...

    It's a valid point, but all it proves is that the tax incentive has absolutely nothing to do with fuel economy, energy efficiency or air quality/climate change. The incentive is designed as another...
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    No, they didn't get it right. Maybe it makes...

    No, they didn't get it right.

    Maybe it makes sense to incentivize driving a Toyota Prius or a Honda Civic hybrid, but does it make sense to promote the 2008 Chevy Tahoe hybrid which achieves a...
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    I think tax credits have traditionally been...

    I think tax credits have traditionally been instituted to help someone when they incur extra expenses, like having a child, for example. By not owning a motor vehicle, we're usually saving money by...
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    I think there's some truth to this. I'd go...

    I think there's some truth to this.

    I'd go with the Sheldon Brown approach. Get two locks of two different types: a solid U-lock and a cable with built-in lock. It takes two different tools to...
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