- ... A child prodigy! -- Steve Schmitt CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation Director email@example.com 60 West Broad Street #97 Bethlehem, PA 18018Message 1 of 16 , Nov 14, 2008View SourceOn Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 12:49 PM, Heather <noordinaryspider@...>wrote:
> The ten month old has severe problems with the car.A child prodigy!
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- My wife and I recorded a recent episode of Top Gear from BBC America (digital cable) and viewed a segment tonight. It was a race between a marathon runner andMessage 2 of 16 , Nov 14, 2008View SourceMy wife and I recorded a recent episode of Top Gear from BBC America
(digital cable) and viewed a segment tonight. It was a race between a
marathon runner and an economy vehicle driven by the host. The premise
was that average speed through London was approximately 10 mph and a
runner could best that. At one point in the chase, the driver's average
was closer to 8 mph, and the runner was well ahead.
My wife and I were rooting for the runner, of course, at the same time
figuring a cyclist would either ride somewhat dangerously, or would be
equally delayed by traffic. The runner finished 11 minutes before the
--- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, "John Andersen" <editor@...> wrote:
> Certainly, the car-free lifestyle will be widespread, accepted, and
> even respected.
> John Andersen
- The price of gas is king; and that s the price today, not tomorrow, not yesterday. Today is all that matters, right? Most people never think beyond that.Message 3 of 16 , Nov 14, 2008View SourceThe price of gas is king; and that's the price today, not tomorrow,
not yesterday. Today is all that matters, right?
Most people never think beyond that.
Having a longer term view of things is unpatriotic, and un-American.
> Walkability of a college campus really isn't something I thought of
> until recently. I went to a college in a bad part of a crime-ridden
> city. We were an urban island. The college had no meal plan, their
> attitude was you're an adult and you managed to get into this school,
> so use your brain. My choices were eat at the way overpriced
> cafeterias on campus (it was actually cheaper to go to a restaurant
> like Chili's) or use the kitchen in the dorm. My car died and I had
> no way to get to a grocery store easily or safely. One of my
> roommates was mugged in broad daylight at knife point just off campus.
> If I had to do it over again I would find a university in a more
> pedestrian/bicycle friendly area. It's good your daughter found a
> walkable college community.
> My step-daughter will be off to college next year. She's been in two
> crashes in less than a year and in the latest one totaled her car. We
> have three drivers and one car now. We hear everyday how much she
> "needs" a car. My wife thinks I'm being mean and selfish, but I'm in
> no hurry whatsoever to rush out to buy a new one. I was hoping I
> could lead by example. I use my bike for nearly all my transportation
> needs. I have not once complained about it. It's very easy to do.
> But it's a daily battle. She's having to take the school bus. I
> remember what it was like to be in high school. Seniors don't take
> the bus.
> But this brings me to another rant of mine. Once upon a time schools
> were in the community. It was quite easy for kids to get themselves
> to and from school. Today they build schools out in the middle of
> nowhere. I know why. The land is cheap which saves the school
> district money and they don't take more valuable land off the tax
> rolls. I don't think anyone could walk or ride a bike to her high
> school as the closest residences are over a mile away on the other
> side of an extremely busy intersection (one of the most dangerous in
> Austin) with "NO PEDESTRIAN" signs up (too many auto-peds at this
> intersection, so they banned the pedestrians).
> I like where I live, but in Texas the car is king. It's worse than
> other parts of the country. We're about 1/15th of the population and
> 1 out of every 7 trucks and SUVs are sold here. We have more
> privately registered vehicles than we do licensed drivers. Austin
> does a decent job of balancing cars with non-motorized traffic, but it
> could be better. I was thinking gas prices would continue to soar
> which would change a lot of minds. But we're back to < $2/gallon and
> people are back to thinking I'm crazy.
> Sorry, I'm in a ranty mood today.
> John Mayson <john@...>
> Austin, Texas, USA
- ... In cities, that can work (we ll ignore for a moment that the non car person was, after all, a marathon runner, which is not the standard person). If I haveMessage 4 of 16 , Nov 14, 2008View Source--- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, "fred_dot_u" <fred_dot_u@...> wrote:
>In cities, that can work (we'll ignore for a moment that the non car
> My wife and I recorded a recent episode of Top Gear from BBC America
> (digital cable) and viewed a segment tonight. It was a race between a
> marathon runner and an economy vehicle driven by the host. The premise
> was that average speed through London was approximately 10 mph and a
> runner could best that. At one point in the chase, the driver's average
> was closer to 8 mph, and the runner was well ahead.
> My wife and I were rooting for the runner, of course, at the same time
> figuring a cyclist would either ride somewhat dangerously, or would be
> equally delayed by traffic. The runner finished 11 minutes before the
> Go team.
person was, after all, a marathon runner, which is not the standard
If I have to do an urban photo recon, I get on my bike and travel
around like that. It is a heck of a lot easier to stop and snap pictures.
But ................ this is Texas. I have to be in Port Aransas for a
photo recon, do it all on a Saturday, and I'm in Austin. A and B. A:
the marathoner isn't going to get to Port A before my SWUV ..... no
B: even if he does, is he interested in doing my photo recon, of
stopping every so often to take notes, take pictures, get fixes from
the GPS .................. or just running?
("Well, you four have the dubious honor of having been picked from
over two hundred applicants for this seminar. Well, let me just say
this. There's a shortage of natural resources. There's a shortage of
breathable air, there's even a shortage of adequate claret. But there
is no shortage of historians. We grind you out like link sausages.
That's called progress. Manufacturing doctorates is called progress.
Well, I say, "Let us hush this cry of progress until ten thousand
years have passed." That's a quote. Who said that? Come on, who said
that?"--Professor, (w,stte), "Marathon Man")
- Vic, Thanks. I always enjoy seeing profiles of unconventional people who are walking their talk. John AndersenMessage 5 of 16 , Nov 16, 2008View SourceVic,
Thanks. I always enjoy seeing profiles of unconventional people who
are walking their talk.
--- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, "Vic Gedris" <vic@...> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 8:22 AM, John Andersen
> <editor@...> wrote:
> > Our son in high school may enter landscape design. Car-free living
> > may be tougher for him. Philosophically, he is there though. He
> > loves living in a walkable neighborhood--walking to school, and to and
> > from sports practice.
> Your son might be interested in this biking gardener in Toronto:
- ... You re fortunate. In the 16+ years since I ve started riding a bike again, I ve been hit once, dodged myself off a big pickup s bumper, dodged another carMessage 6 of 16 , Nov 18, 2008View Source--- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, "John Mayson" <john@...> wrote:
> In my 10+ years in Austin I have never had a close call or scaryYou're fortunate. In the 16+ years since I've started riding a bike
> moment on a bicycle. However in a car probably every other time I'm
> in one something happens. Yesterday I was in our one car and was
> almost rear-ended by an idiot in a monster truck who I assume didn't
> see our small car..........
> John Mayson <john@...>
> Austin, Texas, USA
again, I've been hit once, dodged myself off a big pickup's bumper,
dodged another car who should have seen me, and who knows how many
other close incidents.
And it is not just cars, either. There are lots of jerks out there on
bikes who ride in my path, going the wrong way, either forcing me into
a head on collision with them or having to pull out into traffic that
might be behind me that I have to turn away from them inorder to see.
It is like they never heard of the traffic code.
Point is, one person's experiences does not necessarily say that
everyone's experiences will be as such.
("When the Marshals shows up to evict you, you acted like you never
heard of the penal code."--Riley
"Good thing, too! They should have gotten rid of that years a--,"--Duke
"Fortunally, Sir, you're not much of a shot.", (w,stte), "Doonesbury")