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  1. You seem to have hit the nail on the head. Car...

    You seem to have hit the nail on the head. Car traffic hasn't been very smooth for decades. Now, it's insanely bad. Cities in the US are increasingly crowded, partly by design; the idea was to get us...
  2. Thread: Two charts.

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    Machka, please. I haven't been to Australia, but...

    Machka, please. I haven't been to Australia, but I have been to Canada, many, many times, and in most significant ways it's basically the same as the US but on a smaller scale. Vancouver is maybe...
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    Poll: The peer pressure continues long after high...

    The peer pressure continues long after high school, my friend. Try wearing pajamas at work, and see what happens. And helmets are the law here.
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    Poll: I agree with you that a helmet, in the kind of...

    I agree with you that a helmet, in the kind of accident I'm likely to get into (which is very unlikely in any case), is probably not going to help much. I could probably ride the rest of my life...
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    Poll: http://www.carrsq.qut.edu.au/publications/corporat...

    http://www.carrsq.qut.edu.au/publications/corporate/bicycle_safety_fs.pdf
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    Poll: This thread has inspired me to read as deeply as...

    This thread has inspired me to read as deeply as I can about the effectiveness of bicycle helmets. I've read a lot of papers, very few of which were very impressive, and have observed:

    1. Most of...
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    Poll: The war is most decidedly not won. I agree with...

    The war is most decidedly not won. I agree with you that the safety value of helmets is dubious at best, but you're going to have to do a lot better than the "foam hat" argument. I personally hate...
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    What safety equipment do you use?

    I always wear a helmet. All other things being equal, wearing a helmet is a lot safer than not wearing one. I will probably continue to wear a helmet, particularly here in the US. However, I hate...
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    Poll: Helmets and car-free life

    I always wear a helmet. All other things being equal, wearing a helmet is a lot safer than not wearing one. I will probably continue to wear a helmet, particularly here in the US. However, I hate...
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    In Seattle, there's always a plan. And then they...

    In Seattle, there's always a plan. And then they revise the plan. And then they have meetings about the revisions to the plan. A lot meetings. Sometimes they even implement parts of the plan, but...
  11. Why, yes, I do run errands on my bike while I'm...

    Why, yes, I do run errands on my bike while I'm bone tired. It's not like there's much of a choice. OK, there is a choice. Like Machka says, you can take a bus. In my case, I can either take a bus,...
  12. If she likes you, she'll like you even if you...

    If she likes you, she'll like you even if you don't have a car. You do have to have something else going for you, though. Like maybe a job, a decent place to live, decent clothes, and the ability to...
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    Oh come on, Machka! We're talking the US/Canada...

    Oh come on, Machka! We're talking the US/Canada here; even here in bike-friendly Seattle, every time a new bike lane is installed (er, painted), neighbors and local businesses scream bloody murder...
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    As I said, the infrastructure there is haphazard....

    As I said, the infrastructure there is haphazard. Some of the bikeways there are awesome, but others are indeed just smooth brick paths hastily added to wide sidewalks. However pasted-together the...
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    About 50-100 miles/week. It used to be a lot...

    About 50-100 miles/week. It used to be a lot more, but I've cut back now that I'm running again.
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    Learning from car-free vacations abroad

    I've just returned from a three-week car-free vacation in Berlin. For almost all of my travel in that city, I used a bicycle or walked around. As expected, I didn't really see anything about...
  17. I very rarely use a car-sharing program called...

    I very rarely use a car-sharing program called "Car to Go". It's an actual car-sharing program in that you have to drive the car yourself. It's very expensive -about $0.45 per minute- but if you only...
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    Sorry Roody: I literally live a few blocks...

    Sorry Roody: I literally live a few blocks outside of the foreground of the photo, where actual houses are visible. And the photo was the best I could do, given the fact that I work 70+ hours a week....
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    Roody, sometimes you are an a$$hole. This is one...

    Roody, sometimes you are an a$$hole. This is one of those times.
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    I live in this part of Seattle: my house is just...

    I live in this part of Seattle: my house is just outside of the lower edge of the photo.

    http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/15/46/09/1546095a9d14f7bf5ba055ab4900f936.jpg
  21. I have a lot of stuff with my bike, too, but my...

    I have a lot of stuff with my bike, too, but my favorites are:

    1. Ortlieb waterproof panniers. Best purchase I have ever made. They are expensive, but worth it.

    2. Speedplay Drillium pedals....
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    Did you file a claim with your homeowner's...

    Did you file a claim with your homeowner's insurance?
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    A couple of years ago, I was riding uphill only...

    A couple of years ago, I was riding uphill only two blocks from my house when a Chihuahua charged out of nowhere and chomped on my shoe. Unfortunately for the dog, s/he failed to let go after the...
  24. When I first started commuting, I always took a...

    When I first started commuting, I always took a small pump and a repair kit with me. Now I'm much more cavalier. I don't take any "emergency" stuff at all. My commute is in a highly urban area, I...
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    I do most of my riding in or near the city...

    I do most of my riding in or near the city center, i.e., in a part of town that was designed in the first 60 years of the 20th century or before. The older parts of town are laid out in a grid...
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