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View Poll Results: Are you seeing less car traffic lately?
Yes, absolutely less car traffic
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Somewhat less traffic than usual
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No noticable change
72.73%
I am not spending enough time bicycling on the road to notice
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Do you notice less car traffic lately?

Old 04-14-11, 10:20 AM
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Do you notice less car traffic lately?

Now that fuel prices are reaching $4.00/gallon, are you seeing less car traffic?

Frankly, I have not seen any change. I do HEAR a lot of complaining about the price of fuel, but I am not seeing people changing their lifestyles to drive less.

My guess is that the threshold of pain for is around $7.00/gallon before we start to see significant numbers of people making even minor changes to their lifestyle to drive less.

Sure, some people will make adjustments early (like most of the people on bikeforums), but most need more pump-price-pain before they cut back on their driving lifestyle.

My wife is a good example. She has three work colleagues that live in our neighborhood. All of them work at the same place 30 miles away. Still, they do not car-pool. My wife shrugs off the idea of car pooling. She says that it is too inconvenient because it restricts her freedom to leave work when she wants, etc.

SO, what are you seeing out there?
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Old 04-14-11, 10:39 AM
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im seeing more bikes on the road, but the cars are still there
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Old 04-14-11, 10:44 AM
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I voted for "No noticable change" only because there wasn't a "No, traffic is worse than ever" option.
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Old 04-14-11, 10:58 AM
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I do not notice a change.
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Old 04-14-11, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Bud Bent View Post
I voted for "No noticable change" only because there wasn't a "No, traffic is worse than ever" option.
Sorry about that, Bud. I never thought of the "Traffic is worse" option when I started the poll.
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Old 04-14-11, 11:22 AM
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I stopped noticing traffic because I'm having more fun riding since I got a road bike
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Old 04-14-11, 11:24 AM
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Not enough options. I'm seeing MORE car traffic on the roads here. Still hardly ever see another cyclist. Maybe once a week.

Last time gas hit $4/gallon I DID see more cyclists, as many as 5 or 6 a week at one point. Gas is up there again but I think that people are more used to it and it's not that warm here yet. Perhaps in a month or so I'll see more bikes.
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Old 04-14-11, 11:25 AM
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Gas is only $4.00 in your area? Here in Los Angeles, I'm paying $4.23 for basic, and in San Diego $4.53 for the same gas!

I'd ride my bike but most of my gas trips are either 30 miles away (and I need to get there right after work) or they're at night, and I have yet to find anything casual and comfortable to wear that keeps me warm AND doesn't soak me up when I'm sweating up a storm.
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Old 04-14-11, 12:23 PM
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I think it is less where I am, but that could be skewed one way or the other by the fact I am out earlier than normal.
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Old 04-14-11, 12:58 PM
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There was a horrible backup two mornings ago. By car, I would have been at least a half hour late. It was nice to be on a bike.

They're instituting a $5 toll ( less outside of rush hour ) for one of the bridges across Lake Washington. I heard a Microsoftie at the bike shop a few months ago, looking to buy a bike to avoid paying the toll. I wonder if he ever got one.

I don't think $7 per gallon is going to change all that much. It's shocking how many people drive very far to and from work. Most of them will look at the price of gas versus the price of moving, and carry on. They'll give up things like eating out at restaurants before they give up driving private autos.
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Old 04-14-11, 01:10 PM
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I'm not seeing a change in traffic. However I am getting annoyed by all the cars that now have their windows down and music blasting .
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Old 04-14-11, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by exile View Post
I'm not seeing a change in traffic. However I am getting annoyed by all the cars that now have their windows down and music blasting .
It's that damn bass. All bass and no notes blasting and distorting with 5000 watts.
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Old 04-14-11, 02:14 PM
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I've heard many people talking about gas prices, all of them saying what they're doing less of (eating out, shopping, other typically enjoyable but costly things.) It seems like a bad trade, give up doing enjoyable things, just to drive more, which is far from enjoyable for most people.

I guess exercise and not being seen with a status symbol are big enough deterrents for us Americans.
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Old 04-14-11, 02:19 PM
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For sure no change of traffic. Speaking of, I drove today because I have a dentist appointment right after work and I cannot leave work early. There you have it, traffic today is N+1.......What? Ok go ahead and throw cream pie at my face for cheating today.
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Old 04-14-11, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Bud Bent View Post
I voted for "No noticable change" only because there wasn't a "No, traffic is worse than ever" option.
this

drivers seem to just be more aggressive now
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Old 04-14-11, 02:37 PM
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I notice more traffic as the population of my city grows.
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Old 04-14-11, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by MilitantPotato View Post
I've heard many people talking about gas prices, all of them saying what they're doing less of (eating out, shopping, other typically enjoyable but costly things.) It seems like a bad trade, give up doing enjoyable things, just to drive more, which is far from enjoyable for most people.

I guess exercise and not being seen with a status symbol are big enough deterrents for us Americans.
Keep in mind, though, that people mainly use their cars for "necessary" things, like going to work or to the grocery store or the doctor or something. I actually believe that very few people just jump into their cars to "go for a ride" any longer - a memory from my childhood when gas was about $0.29 per gallon! As the price of driving goes up people are giving up the "expendable" trips first, and just cocooning with their TV and the Internet and FaceBook and their video games.

(I remember when gasoline first hit $1.00 per gallon. My boss at the time thought he would make a killing by investing in a company that made gas pumps, figuring that all of the stations would have to rush out and buy new gas pumps. It turned out that they were easily able to convert their pumps to meter the gas by the 1/2 gallon! Although in the end they've all changed to digital electronic pumps, so now the sky's the limit.)

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Originally Posted by tpelle View Post
(I remember when gasoline first hit $1.00 per gallon. My boss at the time thought he would make a killing by investing in a company that made gas pumps, figuring that all of the stations would have to rush out and buy new gas pumps. It turned out that they were easily able to convert their pumps to meter the gas by the 1/2 gallon! Although in the end they've all changed to digital electronic pumps, so now the sky's the limit.)
Should have invested in whoever makes the signs. Everyone had to go buy new signs during the last oil boom, since that was the first time gas was over $1/L. Pumps are more flexible.
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Should have invested in whoever makes the signs. Everyone had to go buy new signs during the last oil boom, since that was the first time gas was over $1/L. Pumps are more flexible.
I remember last round gas prices spiked, an old-school gas station on US287 had to convert pumps to price per 1/2 gallon - the pumps only had price gearing for up to 3.99 (i.e. ad sign said $2.00 ... small print per 1/2 gallon).
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Old 04-14-11, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
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drivers seem to just be more aggressive now
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Nope, but when you live in a city of 20 million you are always going to have bad traffic.
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Old 04-14-11, 04:37 PM
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Higher gas prices will not stop people from driving, at least not around here. Most people will give up other things before they give up driving. Around here bicycles are considered sporting equipement or poor mans transportataion. How very sad !
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Originally Posted by The Chemist View Post
Nope, but when you live in a city of 20 million you are always going to have bad traffic.
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Old 04-14-11, 06:50 PM
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Not at all. I think it would have to be a very significant drop for one person to notice.
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Old 04-14-11, 08:34 PM
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Nope, but when you live in a city of 20 million you are always going to have bad traffic.
Just wait until everyone buys a car ... 20 million cars ought to be fun...
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