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  1. I've actually been pretty consistent over the...

    I've actually been pretty consistent over the years with what I use: panniers, rain gear, and a basic repair kit are things that I still, after many years of almost daily riding, almost always ride...
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    I have a touring bike with a triple in front, and...

    I have a touring bike with a triple in front, and I almost never use the big cog; the bike and what I'm hauling are kind of heavy, and the entire city that I live in consists almost entirely of...
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    OK, in outlying areas it's normal to not even...

    OK, in outlying areas it's normal to not even consider other options, because there won't ever be any, but for most people in the Puget Sound region it's a solely cultural thing: people always use...
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    Depressing, but not surprising

    Apparently, a recent survey has revealed that, for almost half of the single-occupant drivers in the Puget Sound region, absolutely nothing is going to convince them to try an alternative form of...
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    It depends on what you decide to do in the...

    It depends on what you decide to do in the future. If you never own a car again, it's obvious that it's better to just tell your agent goodbye. However, if things change and you decide to drive a car...
  6. I agree with you that it would be way better for...

    I agree with you that it would be way better for society, and the individuals who make up society, if we largely dispensed with privately owned cars. But we all know that this is never, ever going to...
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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....
  11. 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...
  12. Jeez, Machka, quit trying to inject something...

    Jeez, Machka, quit trying to inject something that resembles reason into the discussion....
  13. [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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  17. 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...
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