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    Missouri, USA / Montgomery, AL
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  1. Crashing is caused by not crashing often enough, that is, by not purposefully crashing in conditions that you're practicing on, you'll then accidentally crash in conditions you've purposefully avoided. You don't have to be stupid about it, for example taking your wheel out into wet conditions at night around drivers, but purposefully ramming your wheel into curbs, potholes, parking stops, and yes even wet leaves is necessary so you'll get that experience for when you do accidentally encounter those situations.
  2. If the high technology solution is unappealing, then I recommend the low technology solution. That is, make speed agnostic, but then make crashes proportional to speed and other bad choices. To that end, make any protective equipment illegal. Helmets, safety belts, airbags, ABS, crumple zones, red lights, and insurance aren't allowed. For drivers, a sharp spike directly pointed at the chests of vehicle occupants. For EUC riders, no protection whatsoever. Would this slow people down? Would the survivors take undue care? Would people still be on cell phones knowing a mistake is likely to kill every one in the car?
  3. I said all vehicles. Ridiculous to limit bicycles to 20 while drivers go 150...
  4. I'm entirely for such a speed limit, in fact, I would LOVE a 20 to 25 km/h speed limit that applies to ALL vehicles within an urban area. And not a stupid speed limit sign, but a mandatory smart governor that stops vehicles from exceeding those limits. But we just have those mandatories applies to eVehicles, then wonder why no one didn't vote for that option? You don't say?! In the words of my dearly beloved and departed 2 pack a day Catholic Irish grandmother whenever confronted by people she didn't approve of...
  5. Drivers (not cars since cars don't drive themselves, and we rarely say "the man was killed by a gun") making a right turn will hook bicyclists if the parking spots go up to the intersection. In St Louis where they do have those weird protected lanes, there aren't any legal parking spots to block the view of drivers. However, I have seen cars parked illegally quite often right up to the intersection.
  6. Everyone complains about this in every city, especially since home delivery has increased by so much. Yet, is this really a bad thing? I've noticed that streets with double parked vehicles (which is to say, many streets most of the time now), I feel a lot safer on my bicycle as I cruise past slow or parked cars. Maybe we should simply encourage all delivery vehicles to double park whenever they want, as they serve many people per trip. In contrast autos which take up nearly the same space usually just serve one person for one trip. Every delivery is one less car on the road; a UPS truck with a mere 20 packages has removed 20 (!!) trips by autos off the road. This is not to say I favor delivery trucks parking in the bike lane or even on empty parking spots, because then bicyclists need to swerve dangerously into the street. However, double parked delivery trucks seem to slow drivers down, making us safer, and while efficiently performing a service for many.
  7. I think the studies of painted bike lanes versus no bike lanes are fairly straightforward and the results quite predictable, and match up quite well to my personal and observed experience. I think this is why @Darrell WeshWesh and I agree on painted bike lanes while occasionally disagreeing on other things. Painted bike lane are more dangerous the faster the road because drivers pass you closer, and are far more likely to take risky passes as they won't slow down. I've observed that at 35 mph and above, drivers will do almost anything not to slow down during the pass, and so the higher the speeds the closer the pass. And this study confirms it! By simply counting the number of close passes we can predict collision passes. If a driver opens the door into incoming traffic, who is at fault? Most drivers would say if the colliding vehicle the door opener is at fault, while also saying if the vehicle is a bicycle, the bicyclist is at fault for not safely passing. And car doors open wide, covering most of the bike lane. And to me that's the major problem with painted bike lanes; all of them have parked cars to the right of them with opening doors. While each one has a tiny chance of opening on you, put a few hundred on a street and it's almost 100% you're dodging at least one opener. This door problem means bicyclists ride closer to the left side of the painted bike lane. Putting in a painted bike lane is the worst of two situations; the guaranteed danger of being doored while being squeezed by impatient drivers. Solve the parked car problem and you solve the painted bike lane problem. Protected bike lanes work so well because they stop cars from parking and dooring bicyclists while also stopping impatient drivers from making close passes. Painted bike lanes do none of these things while encouraging close passes.
  8. I thought painted bike lanes were safer until through experience and evidence-based studies showed otherwise. There was a UK road that took out their bike lane saying it caused more crashes (with drivers) than it saved.
  9. It doesn't matter so long as you're not near an arterial road where the speed limit is at least 35 mph. Arterial roads are deadly regardless of where you stand, since crashed cars go onto the sidewalks. Interestingly, Atlanta recently got the memo, and are now spending around $200,000,000 mostly on the 6% of roads that cause 72% of traffic deaths. Painted bike lanes are more dangerous than no bike lanes, because of the danger of being squeezed, car doors, and vehicles blocking the bike lane forcing bikes into the street. If you decide to use them (I don't) then be aware that driveways crossing them are exceptionally dangerous.
  10. Suppose you lose or pop your charger. Is it worthwhile walking up a hill a few times then coasting down on your wherl? If so, how many times? Or are you better off water skiing behind a friendly car? Regenerative braking may be surprisingly effecient.
  11. Damn straight. After riding with 14, 16, and 18 inchers regularly on the Metro, the 16 incher reigns supreme and the others aren't even close. Hey, I love 14 inchers, they are my favorite wheel size, but they are simply too crash prone to be decent at anything. You need a wheel that can consistently roll at 15 mph over the tricky urban landscape. Presumably, for commuting your safety equipment consists of...nothing at all. The trolley of the V10/V5 are far superior to any built in extendable trolley. You need that trolley on public transportation.
  12. There was some financial advisor who recommended that we spend no more than 10% of our pay on transportation per year, because going above that cost meant you needed a loan. That probably means most people could afford a car between $4000 to $8000 while keeping it 5 to 10 years. However, the average driver has a 69 month loan while keeping the car 71 months. Personally, I had to get a three month auto loan because I couldn't afford the 3rd cheapest new car sold ten years ago; in retrospect I think buying a new car was a serious financial error that put me in strained circumstances. I should have just kept my perfectly fine ten year old car I had previously. Anyway, while I would like to see people simply buy one EV that lasts for decades before being cheaply refurbished as an heirloom, I also see most people including a younger me will simply mortgage their future. People taking out a 69 month auto loan probably cannot be convinced to buy an EV car that essentially stays "design frozen" for several centuries, yet I find it appealing that we could do so if we wanted to, by simplifying EVs.
  13. I noticed this difficulty of seeing downward with the newer "triangular" chin guard something like a decade ago, but the newer triangular helmets are substantially more comfortable than the older rounded chins (which you could see downward). You want perfect visibility in a full face helmet? I tried one of these on at my local Triumph dealership. https://www.bellhelmets.com/motorcycle/p/bullitt-carbon-cruiser-motorcycle-helmet
  14. This fleet of EV's exceed 300,000 each. Few have driven a Tesla to the point at which the vehicle really starts to show its age. But Tesloop, a shuttle service in Southern California comprised solely of Teslas, was ticking the odometers of its cars well past 300,000 miles with no signs of slowing. https://qz.com/1737145/the-economics-of-driving-seven-teslas-for-2-5-million-miles/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=daily-brief I doubt anyone who has taken apart their EUC is surprised by this, as electric motors are astonishingly simple. I can see all-aluminum electric cars being kept for decades, with far simpler designs, and eventually becoming heirlooms to be passed down generations. I don't see how me keeping my car for ten years and then having to get a new one being at all practical for hundreds of years.
  15. When you inflated your z10's tire high enough so the profile becomes pointy, then does the wheel stand up more or is it unstable?
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