3345RE: [carfree_cities] driving: fun vs not & other rants
- Jun 2, 2001Matt wrote:
>Like many Americans, I consider driving to be fun. To an extent.I guess one could also consider a Suzuki Swift, as a glorified Go-Cart.
>I periodically enter my car in "autocross" racing, in which
>contestants are timed individually on a course set with orange cones
>on an abandoned airport parking lot--doing cone slaloms, hairpin
>turns, threshhold braking, and such--similar to the training course
>that police use.
>Also fun is driving, say, 55-65 mph on a 2- or 4-lane country highway,No offence but, what you wrote kind of reminds me of Audi ad.
>with the car in top gear and windows down, heading to, say, a remote
>beach that hardly anyone goes to (ie, a beach for which mass transit
>from the city would be hard to set up due to the small amounts of
>traffic). I'm on the road alone, save the occasional car coming the
Though riding in a pickup truck, with your family, on a 2-lane road through
the prairies and badlands of Alberta (Calgary to Drumheller) is also an
A great place to check out in Drumheller. http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/
>I have a 1988 Honda Civic with no air conditioning, noIn other words, no flying by wire for you?
>power steering, and a manual transmission. Although I take a lot of
>insults for having "that POS", I actually enjoy it more than I do a
>"feature-equipped" car--I get an actual feel of the driving. My car
>gets 40 miles per gallon in such driving conditions, and existing,
>not-yet popular technologies in nat gas/hybrid (and budding
>zero-emission electric or fuel cells) will only make this better as
>model years progress.
>A type of driving i do NOT find fun and would rather do without isOnly dealing with the symptoms?
>that with which we're the most familiar: city driving. Stop. Go.
>Yield. Let these people cross in front of me. Mind the cyclist. Stop.
>Go. 10 mph--does wonders on gas mileage and the clutch.
>It is these types of conditions that actually put the "features" in a
>car. Power steering, automatic transmission, and air conditioning are
>included in cars these days because people spend so much time driving
>in stop-and-go traffic that a "basic" car would be a pain. While I've
>gotten used to it, I'll have to admit that a manual steering rack,
>5-speed, and no air are no fun in the city--but neither are the
>"features"--it just makes it slightly more pleasant.
>I guess this is a nice way of saying: leave the car to the country,The more things change, the more they stay the same?
>and leave the city to mass transit. Pick the most effective solution
>for everything. ZEVs don't mean a thing if it still takes you two
>hours to get home from work and you still can't let your kids
>skateboard in the street--a ZEV hits just as hard as a gas car.
>I'm not against cars--I'm against their inappropriate use. Any inputI say the same in regards to the use of alcohol. Dawson
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