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Comment Re:I have the evidence (Score 1) 696

In my experience the worst offenders are women. Of the top 10 close calls I've had, 7 were female drivers. Ironically the closest call I've ever had was a police car, typing on his computer and not paying attention. He ran me into the curb and just kept going.

Anecdotes does not make a truth. When you say this I directly recall two very gruesome women drivers, and forgot about all those men who did worse.

Comment Re:As expected, the PC crowd modded it down. (Score 1) 696

One of the downsides to Slashdot's mod system is that it can be abused to create an echo-chamber by

Just because no one agrees with you doesn't mean it's an echo chamber.

When you turn you eyes to minorities and blame all ills on them you are often blinded from the wrongs done by the vast majority.

Comment Re:You know what's coming (Score 1) 696

Have you ever broken a speed limit? Speeding contributes to accidents in far higher proportion than anything else. (Google is your friend). If you've ever exceeded the limit, you're a damned hypocrite if you complain about bikers breaking the rules.

Breaking the speed limit by 5 MPH results in a fairly small increase in the odds of an accident being fatal. Speeding across an intersection on a bicycle without stopping greatly increases the risk of a fatal accident, from zero to 100% if you get hit.

Actually; at 30 km/h almost no accident is fatal, and at 50 km/h almost all of them are. Doing 5 mph (8 km/h) over a 24 mph (30 km/h) speedlimit will lead to a lot more more deaths statistically. Also getting hit by a car while speeding across and intersection is not a common way to have an accident as a cyclists, fatal accidents being even less common.

Traffic calming can mean so much so it's hard talking about it, there are as many bad examples as good, but a good thing is to lower the speed of cars because people survive low speed crashes pedestrians as cyclists.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 4, Insightful) 696

There are good reasons for pedestrians to obey most of the "rules of the road" too.)

There are no good reasons. Jaywalking was a highly controversial concept when it was promoted as the future. I'm glad we are starting think about it again. If the infrastructure is for cars, then a cyclist or pedestrian has a hard time being law abiding. If there is good infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians then it's easy to follow the law.

I do not see you thinking anything about safety, but just how to make pedestrians and cyclists give space to cars. If that is the foundation of your arguments, and mine are built on the reverse then it's going to be hard to discuss.

Comment Re:Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians: idiots (Score 1) 696

So just because I'm in a car Im responsible for an idiot on a bike running a bike and hitting me maybe killing himself? No the cyclist is the idot for having so little care for their own welfare they dont follow the rules of the road.

In the last decade in Stockholm, there has been no accidents recorded were the cyclist ran a red light and was hit by a car.

Comment Re: Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians: idiots (Score 1) 696

The average life in the US of a mile of multiuse path is 35 years, where the average life of a mile of road is 10 years.

Bad maintanence/infrastructure is the main cause for bicycle road accidents, like an unexpected hole in the ground. It's also one of the cheapest things to fix, best ROI of any infrastructure project.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

California, for example, requires that you pull off the road if there are five or more cars behind you; the same law also applies to slow-moving cars, trucks, etc. (California Vehicle Code section 21656)

That does not mean you are allowed to pass the slow vehicle just because there are five of you. I've had 10 cars behind me without any possiblity to let the pass, I can tell you it's a lot more stressfull on the cyclists than on the cars.

Comment You suffer from confirmation bias (Score 4, Informative) 696

All people in traffic break the law, you just choose to see the bad behaviour of cyclists, it's very easy to succumb to confirmation bias, or just plain we vs. them thinking. Anyways there are lots of studies on this if you care to read them, some peer reviewed and some not so peer reviewed.

That said you do need to break the law when bicycling, and it's often the safest way to bicycle. This is why we have things like "idaho stop", pregreen for cyclists etc.

Comment Re:Equality (Score 0) 490

when it comes up against something like the mythical wage gap

That's not something mythical, it's a fact. Everything you mention has of course been accounted for in the countless of studies done on the subject. All those things like making it a bit cooler for men to take care of kids etc. does help women earn more money but not enough to close the gap. So the simple statistic on how much money you get per hour or year, is surprisingly effective even with all those factors in there.

Comment Re:Ride one in January (Score 1) 100

I live in Perth, Western Australia and we have very mild winters (low daytime temperatures are in the mid teens). My commutes were faster in Winter when all the cyclists were in their nice, warm cars instead of on their bikes. They dont even want to ride when it's just a little bit cold so massive redesigns dont work here either.

Oh, and it's winter here right now. My drive to work is consistently 5-10 minutes faster.

I'm sorry but your views has nothing to do with facts, we have about 50 000 people going by bike on a bridge in Stockholm if all those people went by car you wouldn't be able to get across at all. This image says something about the space needed for cars vs bicycles: http://sustainablecitiescollec... But it's even worse in intersections, even small intersections can easily handle 10x to 20x the amount of persons by bike than in cars.

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