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    Well, since we are talking about California, the...

    Well, since we are talking about California, the drivers would essentially be right; this is a mandatory use state (if a bike lane exists on the street you're on, you are requred by law to ride in...
  2. This reminds me of the parking structure in my...

    This reminds me of the parking structure in my city's central park downtown. It isn't green on top, but instead has public tennis courts on the roof. The parking is just a single layer, partially...
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    Local law takes precedence over state law when it...

    Local law takes precedence over state law when it comes to riding on the sidewalk. Where I live, it is not only legal to ride the sidewalk, it is encouraged by the city. Quite a few of our sidewalks...
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    When you say cycling scene, what exactly are you...

    When you say cycling scene, what exactly are you talking about? If you mean transportation cycling, I can tell you about that. If you mean mountain biking, I know a little of that too. If you mean...
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    I chose not to own a car 14 years ago. I haven't...

    I chose not to own a car 14 years ago. I haven't driven one in 5 years. There was no "suggestion" from anyone, and I didn't give up anything. I just realized that I drove the car I had so rarely that...
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    Hrm, I didn't think of Berkeley, but you're...

    Hrm, I didn't think of Berkeley, but you're right. They've been trying to discourage driving for years. I always thought those huge planters in the centers of intersections were brilliant; a car...
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    Well, there are a lot of apartments there...

    Well, there are a lot of apartments there already, but more of them are smaller buildings with 3 or 4 units and a yard. Single family houses are not as prevalent as they are in most cities. Infill...
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    That might not be such a daydream. It has already...

    That might not be such a daydream. It has already happened to some locations in the Bay Area. Frankly the result is awful. It's now considered normal to change jobs every few months in the tech...
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    I live in the Bay Area. San Francisco is a decent...

    I live in the Bay Area. San Francisco is a decent candidate, but I don't think it's because of the tech companies. Most of the larger ones are located in the suburbs about 40 miles south of the...
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    I think a smallish town would be a much more...

    I think a smallish town would be a much more likely candidate for this than a city. There aren't as many layers of bureaucracy involved in making such a change and it's more likely the community will...
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    What Gerv says about altering your state of mind...

    What Gerv says about altering your state of mind is one of the reasons I have little interest in driving cars. (It's been over 5 years since the last time I drove, and it's pretty rare for me to even...
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    Well, yes, they are cute, but...the cable cars...

    Well, yes, they are cute, but...the cable cars are there for tourists. People who live in SF rarely use them to get around because they are impractical -- lines of tourists mean a long wait to board,...
  13. We have this mixed-use development under...

    We have this mixed-use development under construction here: Bay Meadows | San Mateo
    None of the business portion of the development exists yet; only residences, school, and parks have been built.
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    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....
  16. 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...
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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...
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