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  1. Where I live the distinction between sidewalk and...

    Where I live the distinction between sidewalk and multi-use path is murky. Not only is it legal to ride on sidewalks, but some of them are designated as multi-use paths and are shown as bike routes...
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    We still have those very cars here in San...

    We still have those very cars here in San Francisco on the F line. All the trolleys on that route are restored historic cars from various cities and each has a little plaque explaining its history....
  3. I have met people who really did fear riding the...

    I have met people who really did fear riding the bus. In fact, I dated one some years ago. He was in his mid-thirties and had never used public transportation. (I thought it was rather weird that...
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    It has been warm and sunny here, almost...

    It has been warm and sunny here, almost summertime weather, and trees and flowers are blooming. This is actually very bad, because it means the drought is becoming even more severe. And since 75% of...
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    Some of the suburban transit agencies here (San...

    Some of the suburban transit agencies here (San Francisco Bay Area) do have plush buses like that. They even come with free wi-fi.
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    I might have agreed with that once. But now I...

    I might have agreed with that once. But now I would say it's a hard sell mostly because people have become desensitized to the downsides of driving, but not to the downsides of transit. It's a rare...
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    This is true, but the public bikes I've looked at...

    This is true, but the public bikes I've looked at had the seat and the bars designed so that they could be quickly and easily adjusted without tools. The same can't be said of most bikes that people...
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    That isn't really what I was talking about...

    That isn't really what I was talking about though. Unless an area had a huge number of bikes available, the odds of finding one in your size at a convenient location would be pretty low, especially...
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    Thinking about this, it seems like the logistics...

    Thinking about this, it seems like the logistics would be very challenging, since bikes come in so many sizes and the ride can be unpleasant or even dangerous if the bike doesn't fit the rider.
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    I'm wondering how they keep the bikes from...

    I'm wondering how they keep the bikes from getting stolen -- not by the renters themselves, but due to people not being careful about where or how they lock up the bikes.
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    The majority of drivers never had practical...

    The majority of drivers never had practical skills to deal with emergencies in the first place. So far as I'm aware, it's something that isn't taught in driver training, aside from a cursory overview...
  12. Thread: Uber

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    Disruptive technology is fine. I've used Sidecar...

    Disruptive technology is fine. I've used Sidecar once and found it very pleasant. My objection to Uber is based on their underhanded tactics and lack of any ethics whatsoever. This is a company whose...
  13. Thread: Uber

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    I think it's important to keep in mind that...

    I think it's important to keep in mind that ridesharing is not necessarily synonymous with Uber. Ridesharing is an interesting use of technology that has some potential benefit to society as a whole....
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    I don't really do goals; I find they actually get...

    I don't really do goals; I find they actually get in the way of attaining anything by making it feel like a chore. But I do have intentions, one of which is to ride my mountain bike more and to learn...
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    Personally I don't celebrate Christian holidays,...

    Personally I don't celebrate Christian holidays, so there's nothing much to be managed. I'll be working for a few hours tomorrow, but from home, since the office closes for a week. I have really been...
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    I reached the 5-year mark this year -- it's been...

    I reached the 5-year mark this year -- it's been over 5 years since I last operated a motor vehicle. I suppose that counts as a highlight. I don't even think I've ridden in a car more than a dozen...
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    Well, I have direct deposit for some things too....

    Well, I have direct deposit for some things too. But with a paper check, which I sometimes get from freelance work and such, an application on my phone can take a photo of the front and back, and...
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    Neither did we, actually. I wrote a lot of little...

    Neither did we, actually. I wrote a lot of little notes to my parents telling them who called. I don't miss that!
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    Sure, they really reduce the need to actually go...

    Sure, they really reduce the need to actually go somewhere else. Instead of going to a store, I go online and have stuff delivered. Instead of going to the bank to make a deposit, I photograph a...
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    It's not changing the culture of young people....

    It's not changing the culture of young people. It's changing the culture of all people. I turn 60 next summer, and I would never want to go back to the tech I had growing up. A phone (mini-computer,...
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    I lust after a Cintiq Companion! That would be...

    I lust after a Cintiq Companion! That would be just awesome for freelance design work.

    I do have a tablet, though. And two Nooks, and a smartphone, and two desktop computers. I love and use them...
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    Two. One Pacific Reach, a quasi-folding bike,...

    Two. One Pacific Reach, a quasi-folding bike, that I use most of the time, and one full-suspension mountain bike that I sometimes use for commuting, either because it's rainy (which makes the disc...
  23. A badly broken shoulder that required two...

    A badly broken shoulder that required two surgeries kept me off the bike for nearly a year; I was simply unable to use my right arm much. I walked most places. My commute (once I recovered enough to...
  24. That might not be the case; relatively few people...

    That might not be the case; relatively few people commute into SF by car. It's just too expensive and difficult to park there. Many drive to the Caltrain and BART parking lots in the suburbs and take...
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    Agreed!

    Agreed!
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