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Comment Re:They're the same.. (Score 1) 245

They are NOT the same thing.

With do the right thing, you're supposed to seek out 'goodness', but with 'don't be evil' you're supposed to avoid badness.

Although avoiding badness sounds weak, it's more in compatible with western values; western societies have a list of things you're not supposed to do.

To do the 'right' thing, is more of a totalitarian position.

Comment Re:Have an awareness raising conversation (Score 1) 278

Maybe on the interstate, but it's rarely a problem on the kinds of streets where you might encounter pedestrians.

Let's not forgot:

Results show that the average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle reaches 10% at an impact speed of 16 mph, 25% at 23 mph, 50% at 31 mph, 75% at 39 mph, and 90% at 46 mph. The average risk of death for a pedestrian reaches 10% at an impact speed of 23 mph, 25% at 32 mph, 50% at 42 mph, 75% at 50 mph, and 90% at 58 mph. Risks vary significantly by age. For example, the average risk of severe injury or death for a 70âyearâold pedestrian struck by a car travelling at 25 mph is similar to the risk for a 30âyearâold pedestrian struck at 35 mph.


Comment Re:Punish jaywalking (Score 1) 278

Yes indeed. There are though a lot of drivers who just transit through SF on city streets - see where highways 1 and 101 go. In fact I've done this myself when staying down near San Jose and needing to go to meetings north of the Golden Gate Bridge. And for the people who can still afford to live downtown, I don't know why you'd want to drive anywhere within the city, but then I've chosen to live in a city where this lifestyle is the lesser option.

Comment Barcelona, Spain (Score 1) 278

There ^^, fixed it for you. Catalonia isn't a separate state (yet). For most of us outside the US we don't even need to qualify which country Barcelona's in because we all know this as a given, and anywhere else in the new world that has the same name is the exception and needs to be qualified. Interesting that you mentioned "Catalonia" though... pushing some sort of political agenda or just ignorance of the place? Also interesting that you picked Barcelona and not some other better known or more congested city. This whole story just seems a bit weird and parochial.

Actually why even this story about San Francisco? It's hardly the worst offender in the US for pedestrian deaths at 1.7 deaths/100,000 - picking three comparable sized cities from Table 8 of this doc:
* Detroit, MI: 3.99
* Jacksonville, FL: 3.23
* Austin, TX: 2.97

It looks to me like a lot of US cities could do a lot to reclaim their cities back from cars, when you look at London which is vastly bigger and more congested with pedestrians. There were 65 pedestrians killed in London in 2013 compared with San Francisco's 29, which is a city a tenth the size:

Comment Re:Punish jaywalking (Score 3, Interesting) 278

Getting rid of jaywalking laws so and reseting the attitudes and expectations of drivers so that they show more caution and slow down might be more effective. Allowing people on foot to reclaim their city from the motor car will make cities a better place. It would be better to lobby for better and more transportation alternatives than entrenching driving. In some congested places like London they've even talked about remove all signage and lane markings to create "naked streets", because actually this makes drivers slow down and pay more attention and care. As a visitor to San Francisco my observation is that drivers rush too much and drive too much like aresholes in their rush to get across the city.

Comment Re:Right Of Way (Score 4, Interesting) 278

Not everywhere. Maybe virtually everywhere in this US? Come to London: we don't have this nanny state concept of "jaywalking", just personal responsibility. Pedestrians do cross the roads wherever they like and whenever they think they can. It's up to the drivers to be aware of this and drive appropriately for the conditions. Trust me, as a cyclist in this city some parts of the West End are pretty scary: not because of the vehicles but because of nob-ends with their noses in mobile phones or just crowd mentality of one person's crossing so we all will.

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 1) 466

Only now, as a cyclist in London, you're having a lot of trouble with cars? Consider taking the Tube? Yeah, I know why not. Try being a cyclist in Manhattan.

Since 1996 I've lived and cycled as a way of life in Denver, Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne and London, amongst other places... North American drivers are just utter shit. It starts with ridiculously easy driving test. I have less space and more traffic in London yet I feel the drivers know I'm there and know how to drive pass me (although most of the time I'm passing them in this city ;) ) And damn, the Tube is too slow compared with cycling, and forget driving if you're in a rush because it will take 2x longer than the train.

Comment Re: Without government... (Score 4, Interesting) 466

Maybe in your area, but that's not my experience. Their prices and availability are so random that it's not reasonable to make plans around them. I can imagine how much worse they'd get if they didn't have to compete with regular taxi and private hire car firms.

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.