4193Re: [carfree_cities] Segway
- Jan 14, 2002Doug Salzmann wrote:
> I'm afraid the "if" describes a world that doesn't exist. I walk on sharedAnd by pedestrians. I bicycle occasionally on an ostensibly
> facilities in the Bay Area daily, and have walked and cycled on such
> facilities in many other places. Careful, responsible behavior by
> cyclists, skaters, scooter riders, etc. is so rare as to be a
> calendar-marking event.
bicycle-only facility on the beach in Los Angeles--my purpose being free
exercise, people watching, and the presence of the ocean. Pedestrians
are prohibited from using the facility except to cross it, but of course
they crowd onto it in hordes, and the cops hardly care. It's one of the
few places in LA where one can indulge in athletic riding without having
to watch for cars, but instead one faces crowds of oblivious waddlers
trudging along three or four abreast, or just standing there, usually,
by some bizarre preference, in the middle of a blind turn. The path is
well-posted, but in spite of numerous accidents, no one cares much.
There's talk of building a separate path for bikes paralleling the first
one, a pretty ridiculous expense.
I LOVE walking for transport, in fact presently preferring it to
bicycing, but when I bike, which I also love, I do so becuase I wish to
go farther faster while still being engaged in the world. Politeness
and deference need to exist on all sides.
Then again, people walk along railroad tracks and are regularly
macerated by trains here, so I shouldn't expect much. (Somehow they try
to blame the trains...!)
"Hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is
just like the roads across the earth. For actually there were no roads
to begin with, but when many people pass one way a road is made."
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