Sheesh. The amount of lack-of-self-awareness in these types of posts never ceases to amaze me. People don't live in the suburbs because they want to drive an hour every day, they live there because the schools in the city are hellholes that can't even graduate kids who can read.
Entirely predicable and sad that this point of view has a hatred problem and greatly desires to see others suffer. Just...sad.
It sounds like you have a lot of preconceptions and are reading a lot into what I said. Do you have this saved or something? Because it sounds canned.
Liberals have banned free speech on campus. Conservative speakers need bodyguards. This is a fact.
Yeah, that works in Germany.
The moment that kids were identified as unsuitable for college in America and shunted off to vocational programs, the racism lawsuits would come so fast they'd make your head spin.
I've ridden an electric bike for 10 years now. They're great, I love mine. But they have a ton of issues:
- Thieves. This is a big one. E-bikes are worth a lot more than bicycles and just as easy to steal. Oh, and if you lock your bike well? They'll just steal the battery, it's worth a good chunk of change.
- Cost. Mine cost $300, but holy fuck $3,000? God damn. Affordable transportation this ain't.
- City life. I live in a city where the inner city isn't actively hostile. It's also not a megacity. There are bike lanes on most streets. This makes riding a bike a breeze. Without these elements...eh. You wouldn't exactly be able to drive 5 miles down to the grocery store next to the freeway like in America. I mean, you could, but it's slow and dangerous.
- Pedals. They are so useless that most people take them off. You can't pedal an e-bike like a bicycle, it's too heavy due to the frame and battery.
- Battery life. I generally get 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back. This covers most of my usage cases. However, when you have to run errands all over town, you can get low on battery.
- Running out of battery. It sucks. It happens, too, and due to Murphy's Law it will always happen at the worst possible time.
- Recharge time. It takes 6-8 hours to recharge from almost empty.
- New battery cost. Assuming nobody steals your bike or battery, you'll need a new one every year. Mine cost 1/4 the price of a new bike, and that's with your trade-in. If some scumbag steals your battery and you need a new one, it costs even more. Actually I need one right now.