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11-12-06, 08:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,170
Posted By ViciousCycle

For an area like urban studies, it may be helpful...

For an area like urban studies, it may be helpful to think not just in terms of the college classes you take and the college-sponsored activities that you take part in, but also what you can do...
03-05-06, 11:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,144
Posted By ViciousCycle

A good book to read on the Amish is The Riddle of...

A good book to read on the Amish is The Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald B. Kraybill.

One key to understanding the Amish is that, in recent decades, while many small farms have been disappearing...
01-20-06, 10:28 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 6,462
Posted By ViciousCycle

Yes, the thing that was wrong was the car. ...

Yes, the thing that was wrong was the car.

I was losing more than 500 hours a year to car commuting -- the equivalent time of 12 and a half weeks of work. Now, instead, my commute time on the...
01-20-06, 06:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 759
Posted By ViciousCycle

I was raised by my grandmother, and the fact that...

I was raised by my grandmother, and the fact that she didn't have car expenses meant that she was able to raise a child on limited financial resources without spending beyond her means.

Some of...
01-19-06, 07:24 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 6,462
Posted By ViciousCycle

If I had gotten rid of all my car expenses...

If I had gotten rid of all my car expenses sooner, I would own my house free and clear today because my mortgage would already be paid off. Now that I am car-free, all of the money that I would be...
01-16-06, 07:30 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,144
Posted By ViciousCycle

"As these frugal people [the Amish] well know,...

"As these frugal people [the Amish] well know, technology and in particular motorized technology, always brings a cost, whether up-front, in dollars, or long-term, in repairs, fuel, and maintenance. ...
01-15-06, 01:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,169
Posted By ViciousCycle

One poll choice that is missing is, "love of...

One poll choice that is missing is, "love of beauty." In my travels, I have often found that the most beautiful places are ones where cars are not allowed to dominate.
Conversely, allowing cars...
01-07-06, 10:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 732
Posted By ViciousCycle

Look up the blue book value online. If the cars...

Look up the blue book value online. If the cars aren't worth very much, then you might want to sell them privately. However, if you're selling them for a price large enough that a person would want...
12-25-05, 10:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,538
Posted By ViciousCycle

Statistically, suburbs are more dangerous than...

Statistically, suburbs are more dangerous than cities because of the increased risk of dying in car crashes in the suburbs. In The Car and The City, a report by the Northwest Environment Watch, Alan...
12-24-05, 07:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,538
Posted By ViciousCycle

As someone who lives in Chicago and who cycles...

As someone who lives in Chicago and who cycles day/night year-round, I know that there are many neighborhoods that are quite pleasant/safe to cycle in at night. On the other hand, the expressways at...
12-08-05, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 969
Posted By ViciousCycle

When I stayed in Amsterdam, I stayed in one of...

When I stayed in Amsterdam, I stayed in one of the parts of the city that dates back hundreds of years. It would be very difficult to be an aggressive driver in these streets. The streets are as...
12-03-05, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 764
Posted By ViciousCycle

Real estate is at a $$$ premium in Japan. It's...

Real estate is at a $$$ premium in Japan. It's possible that by curbing the number of employees who drive to work, Hakuki might be saving $$$ by not having to add additional parking facilities. But...
12-03-05, 01:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,545
Posted By ViciousCycle

In the Chicago area, there can be some pretty...

In the Chicago area, there can be some pretty high employee turnover at some suburban employers. This turnover may create new job postings, creating the illusion to the job-seeker that these are...
12-02-05, 10:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,395
Posted By ViciousCycle

One of the hideous ironies is that oil is one of...

One of the hideous ironies is that oil is one of the most efficient forms of fuel that humans have had, and yet we've squandered this fuel in inefficient ways. By calling oil efficient, I am using...
11-27-05, 06:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 767
Posted By ViciousCycle

Congratulations. A lot of teenagers fall into...

Congratulations. A lot of teenagers fall into the trap of 'needing' a car to get to work, but then needing to work mainly to pay for their car. Avoiding this trap is a good thing, because then you...
11-27-05, 05:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,938
Posted By ViciousCycle

A H*mmer is a mock-up of a large military...

A H*mmer is a mock-up of a large military vehicle. Push a baby stroller through a cross-walk where one of these gigantic vehicles is looming over you, and you may get the creepy feeling that the...
11-24-05, 07:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,305
Posted By ViciousCycle

By contrast, I find it much nicer just to be able...

By contrast, I find it much nicer just to be able to jump on the bike and go. For local errands, I can be there and back on my bicycle in less time than it might take to a snow shovel and clear out...
11-23-05, 06:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,305
Posted By ViciousCycle

As I biked to my El stop this morning ,I saw the...

As I biked to my El stop this morning ,I saw the beauty of the snow in the trees,
then I crossed the bridge and saw the logged-jammed
reverse commute on the Ike expressway. And I knew that unlike...
11-22-05, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 684
Posted By ViciousCycle

I've divorced my car

My wife and I became 100% car-free last night when we
sold our car to CarMax. Apparently, a car dealer can
be just as impressed with a good detailing job as an
individual car buyer, since they...
11-20-05, 05:25 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,662
Posted By ViciousCycle

Here's an editorial on cars that beats this WSJ...

Here's an editorial on cars that beats this WSJ article easily...

http://www.comics.com/comics/frazz/archive/images/frazz2002220051116.gif
11-12-05, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,921
Posted By ViciousCycle

Of course, there are a lot of bikes that have...

Of course, there are a lot of bikes that have higher entry-level prices than road bikes. It's not easy to buy a brand new tandem or recumbent for less than about $1100 or so. But for simplicity,...
11-12-05, 07:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,570
Posted By ViciousCycle

In Chicago, you could just leave the bike in the...

In Chicago, you could just leave the bike in the alley and one of the following things might quickly happen:
(1) Metal scrappers will scoop it up, since the metal of the bike is worth money to them....
11-11-05, 06:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,742
Posted By ViciousCycle

You are correct. If I am working for an employer...

You are correct. If I am working for an employer who is incurring the expense of building/maintaining acres and acres of "free" parking, they have no ready means of getting rid of my individual...
11-07-05, 05:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,742
Posted By ViciousCycle

Whenever I receive job offers from employers that...

Whenever I receive job offers from employers that provide "free" parking, I find that they offer me a salary about 17% lower than my other job offers. This makes me suspicious that the "free"...
10-24-05, 05:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By ViciousCycle

And some areas will probably depopulate...

And some areas will probably depopulate considerably. To give just one example, for most of human history, dense human settlements did not tend to occur in deserts. Yet today, thanks to air...
10-23-05, 10:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,680
Posted By ViciousCycle

I consider my Ortlieb bags too valuable to leave...

I consider my Ortlieb bags too valuable to leave outside on my bike. I have seen people run a cable lock through the smaller loop on their Ortlieb bag, but I find it simpler and more secure just to...
10-21-05, 04:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,128
Posted By ViciousCycle

The lack of gears can be its own benefit -- it...

The lack of gears can be its own benefit -- it means there's less you have to think about. A nice thing about a cruiser is that with a rear view mirror on your helmet or glasses, your upright...
10-21-05, 04:53 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,464
Posted By ViciousCycle

On the Internet, one has no flesh or bone. One...

On the Internet, one has no flesh or bone. One has no teeth or hair. One has no voice nor even a handshake. One can't hold the door or share even a single piece of candy. Being an idiot,...
10-20-05, 05:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By ViciousCycle

Of course, uranium exists in finite quantities. ...

Of course, uranium exists in finite quantities. If the U.S. uses its existing uranium in existing reactors, the uranium may last about 40 years (according to Richard Heinberg.) Building additional...
10-18-05, 05:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By ViciousCycle

In most of his book, Kunstler takes the stance of...

In most of his book, Kunstler takes the stance of "The oil-based economy as we know it is soon to be over." In the chapter that seemed to have pro-war sentiments, the stance was, "We need to do...
10-17-05, 05:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,742
Posted By ViciousCycle

Maybe one of you who lives in the DC area will...

Maybe one of you who lives in the DC area will write to the paper and try to correct the creative math that the article uses.....
10-16-05, 05:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By ViciousCycle

Of the 7 chapters in The Long Emergency, only...

Of the 7 chapters in The Long Emergency, only chapter 3, "Geopolitics and the Global Oil Peak" talks about the Middle East and about Iraq -- and the chapter doesn't seem to entirely fit with the...
10-16-05, 10:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,742
Posted By ViciousCycle

The author adds the cost of parking at the Metro...

The author adds the cost of parking at the Metro station to the cost of the Metro commute, but he does not add the cost of parking downtown to the cost of the car commute. I'll give him the benefit...
10-16-05, 08:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 627
Posted By ViciousCycle

A house is not an investment; it's a consumer...

A house is not an investment; it's a consumer purchase. When we get led into believing that a home is an investment, we make all sorts of bad decisions. First off, we become willing to overpay for...
10-16-05, 07:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By ViciousCycle

In a post-peak-fossil fuel economy, there may be...

In a post-peak-fossil fuel economy, there may be less of a need for information technology work and a greater need for more down-to-earth work. I've been in information technology for over a decade,...
10-15-05, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 627
Posted By ViciousCycle

halimeco5, your post touches on a lot of the...

halimeco5, your post touches on a lot of the paradoxes people have to grapple with. If 50% of the people that you see are spending 4 hours a day by car commuting, the quality of their life is likely...
10-15-05, 04:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,068
Posted By ViciousCycle

af895 -- There's one thing that you can do to...

af895 -- There's one thing that you can do to hedge your bets.

My wife and I will be putting our only car on the market soon. We plan to put the proceeds into an account that will be considered...
10-15-05, 03:44 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,333
Posted By ViciousCycle

I have a friend who often wears an orange...

I have a friend who often wears an orange reflective vest when he cycles on fast roads out in the burbs -- the same type of vest that highway/road construction workers wear. In Illinois, there are...
10-15-05, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,038
Posted By ViciousCycle

The Party's Over is a very good peak oil book --...

The Party's Over is a very good peak oil book -- the amount of research and facts that went into it are very solid. I would reccommend it over Kunstler's The Long Emergency. The Long Emergency is...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-05, 06:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,178
Posted By ViciousCycle

On some suburban sidewalks, you're more likely to...

On some suburban sidewalks, you're more likely to see a Martian than a pedestrian. The "no bikes on sidewalks" laws are done out of respect for pedestrians, but in some municipalities with no...
10-15-05, 06:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,038
Posted By ViciousCycle

Richard Heinberg's The Party's Over: Oil, War,...

Richard Heinberg's The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies is a book that anyone who likes Asphalt Nation would like. However, it takes on a broader subject: instead of...
10-14-05, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,153
Posted By ViciousCycle

I feel fortunate to live in a neighborhood where...

I feel fortunate to live in a neighborhood where driveways are non-existent -- if you happen to own a car, you can just park it on the street and that's that.

In Michael's case, the drive-way...
10-13-05, 05:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,516
Posted By ViciousCycle

Cycling saves me a lot of money. Thanks to my...

Cycling saves me a lot of money. Thanks to my bicycle, I now only fill up the tank in my car about 6 times a year. I don't do events that cost money or clubs that charge admission since in Chicago,...
10-13-05, 04:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,153
Posted By ViciousCycle

I know a car-free couple that had to tear apart...

I know a car-free couple that had to tear apart the concrete driveway in order to have a place to plant a garden. The article talked about "transforming" the yard into a garden, so I'm assuming that...
10-12-05, 06:07 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,224
Posted By ViciousCycle

Honest philosophers admit to their own doubt and...

Honest philosophers admit to their own doubt and uncertainty. Thomas Huxley advanced the philosophy of science be stressing the importance of being willing to admit when you don't know something. ...
10-10-05, 05:10 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,844
Posted By ViciousCycle

No, I was just agreeing with you when you said...

No, I was just agreeing with you when you said you saw commuting cycling and utility cycling as the same thing. I find it amusing when cyclists try to divide themselves into a bunch of different...
10-10-05, 05:01 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,483
Posted By ViciousCycle

People who want to strongly define themselves as...

People who want to strongly define themselves as VC cyclists should look at people who strongly define themselves as vegans. Once a person ties up their identity in being a vegan, they may fall into...
10-09-05, 02:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,256
Posted By ViciousCycle

Their are four errirs in this sentance.

Their are four errirs in this sentance.
10-09-05, 01:56 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,224
Posted By ViciousCycle

Those who consider themselves vehicular cyclists...

Those who consider themselves vehicular cyclists would be the most prone to care enough to respond to a thread supporting VC cycling.

When I saw the thread, I avoided it on the simple grounds that...
10-09-05, 01:24 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,224
Posted By ViciousCycle

Imagine if members of the Wayne Newton Fan Club...

Imagine if members of the Wayne Newton Fan Club and the Beatles Fan Club are mailed a survey asking, "Is your favorite singer Wayne Newton?" Most of the Beatles Fan Club members probably won't...
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