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    I don't think any city will be car-free in this...

    I don't think any city will be car-free in this country, ever, but I think if any cities could pull if off, it would be these:
    1. Boulder, CO
    2. San Francisco
    3. Seattle, WA
    4. Portland, OR...
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    I've been intermittently car-free for 11 years....

    I've been intermittently car-free for 11 years. I've owned cars for 6-9 months at a stretch in this time, but I always end up going without a car again, because it feels more normal to me now. This...
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    I agree that staying in the through lane is the...

    I agree that staying in the through lane is the better option in this instance. My basic rule of thumb when riding among drivers who may not be familiar with bicycles is to pretend I'm driving a...
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    I'm getting older (53) and haven't owned a car in...

    I'm getting older (53) and haven't owned a car in years, even though I am far from destitute. I don't have a car partly because I think it's economically idiotic to own one in an urban environment....
  5. You're right: statistics are not, in and of...

    You're right: statistics are not, in and of themselves, a form of reason. But that's not what Machka, or anyone else, is suggesting. Rather, she and others are suggesting that maybe it's a good idea...
  6. Jeez, Machka, quit trying to inject something...

    Jeez, Machka, quit trying to inject something that resembles reason into the discussion....
  7. [QUOTE=B. Carfree;17595124]As the ORCA Lift...

    [QUOTE=B. Carfree;17595124]As the ORCA Lift program gets going, a program that allows Seattle-area households with incomes below 200% poverty to ride public transit for half-cost, do you think this...
  8. It's probably true that many people who drive...

    It's probably true that many people who drive everywhere they go often hate the idea of public transit, sometimes fear the people who use it, and feel they're being unfairly burdened with its...
  9. I don't believe that mixed-use developments have...

    I don't believe that mixed-use developments have any effect on driving habits- until critical mass is reached. My city, Seattle, has been aggressively pursuing a dense, mixed-use plan for the last 20...
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    One needs to take the responses of tweens with a...

    One needs to take the responses of tweens with a grain of salt; a lot depends on what mood they're in. It's a very parochial, self-involved age. And it's not like most of them like the idea of...
  11. In large cities, I do not think "busophobia"...

    In large cities, I do not think "busophobia" exists. I take buses, which is pretty much all the transit we have right now, on a semi-regular basis, and they are invariably full, and on many routes...
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    I had a slow period in class today, and I...

    I had a slow period in class today, and I informally polled some of my 13-14 year old students about bicycles today. 1/3 of them have never ridden a bicycle. Several have used a bicycle to get to...
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    How are you able to even survive?

    How are you able to even survive?
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    Has bicycling's "moment" passed?

    My observations are not at all quantitative, but here they are:

    I've noticed in the last several months that, while there are still quite a lot of bicyclists around town, their numbers have...
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    I own exactly one bike. I do splurge a bit on...

    I own exactly one bike. I do splurge a bit on this one bike, but I'm pretty strict about limiting myself to one. My riding tends to be be mostly utilitarian, I live in a small urban space, and I can...
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    I think this may have more to do with the nature...

    I think this may have more to do with the nature of the infrastructure itself than with how we're willing to fund it. My home state, Washington, has increased road spending by 143% in the last few...
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    I actually didn't splurge on cars even when I had...

    I actually didn't splurge on cars even when I had one, but here's what I saved when I got rid of my last car, which I hardly ever used:

    1. Insurance: $80-100/month ($1000/yr)
    2. Fuel:...
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    I was riding around Seattle today (Feb. 15), and...

    I was riding around Seattle today (Feb. 15), and noticed that trees are in bloom. In February. There's plenty of moisture, but even in the mountains it's been really warm this winter. It's been great...
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    I thought this was pretty funny, and sent it to a...

    I thought this was pretty funny, and sent it to a few of my more devoutly car-centric friends, the ones who equate bus-riding with dire poverty and/or granola. Upon viewing, they claimed they didn't...
  20. Car payments (i..e., paying off the loan on a...

    Car payments (i..e., paying off the loan on a rapidly depreciating piece of machinery) is one of the most oppressive aspects of car "ownership." That, and insurance, makes owning a car way, way more...
  21. Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months...

    Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine who owns an auto repair shop offered me a free Volvo. I turned it down without even having to think about it. After...
  22. Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months...

    Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine who owns an auto repair shop offered me a free Volvo. I turned it down without even having to think about it. After...
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    I thought it was funny because even this guy, a...

    I thought it was funny because even this guy, a bike maintenance guru, had a bit of a hard time changing the tire...
  24. Thread: Panniers?

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    Once again, Ortlieb. I've had the same panniers...

    Once again, Ortlieb. I've had the same panniers since 2006. They look like hell now, but that's because I've used/abused them in all weather every single day for nine years. They're still going...
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    I'll check them out: thank you for mentioning...

    I'll check them out: thank you for mentioning them... :)
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