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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 769 769

Even here in suburbia we've bicycled for our groceries, three baskets per bicycle, allowing for at least six bags, possibly more depending on how we pack the bikes, to be transported the less-than-a-mile home.

If it's really less than a mile, why would you cycle? I'd rather just take a decent rucksack and walk. You can't carry all that much safely on a bike.

I suppose you'd save ten minutes each way travel time, but by the time you get the bike out, lock it up at the shops then put it away when you get home, it probably isn't any quicker over all.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 769 769

No. I don't want a self-driving car. First, because I'm one of those weirdos that actually enjoys driving. Second, because I suffer from motion sickness if I'm in a vehicle that I'm not controlling. And third, I'm a software developer and therefore have no faith in software. :-b

No, I really want a self driving car, I just don't want one on the Uber plan.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 769 769

Car ownership is a form of freedom from those who control other forms of transportation, and I'd hate to see that go away.

So putting yourself into debt and/or signing an onerous lease agreement is a form of freedom?

I'm sure glad that your monthly car payments give you freedom from those who espouse walking and bicycling.

It depends where you live. If you have to commute thirty miles a day, and there is no nearby train service, then you're going to waste a lot of time doing it by bike.

Comment Re:Maybe... (Score 1) 249 249

difficult for pedestrians

Carry a flashlight (torch). You will be a lot more visible to vehicles as a moving light source and it eliminates the shadows behind shrubs where streetlights can't reach.

Torches generally have a limited field of illumination, so it's harder to see approaching dangers (and I'm talking about things like holes in the road, not masked rapists).

Comment Re:So they stayed home. So what? (Score 1) 249 249

Feeling safe is beneficial to your mental health. Except for all the internet tough guys here, who'd rather live under the stars with their trusty revolver under their pillow. Which is just a rolled up pair of jeans, not a girly feather pillow. Obviously.

Comment Re:I am all for it (Score 1) 249 249

Roundabouts are no solution -- I've nearly been hit head-on multiple times in roundabouts because people go the wrong way.

That must be due to unfamiliarity.

In the UK, which is roundabout heaven, you pretty much never have people going the wrong way. It's usually people pulling out and being rear-ended where they have misjudged the gap either through impatience, inexperience or alcohol.

Comment Re:Most streetlights are wasteful (Score 1) 249 249

I would like to see the evidence for that in the UK. I think most rapes take place indoors, and muggings in places where there is lighting, but its not very good.

I would imagine that most rapes take place indoors since they are by people the victim knows. It's the knife-wielding random maniac who attacks people outside.

Comment Re:Crooks are afraid of the dark, too (Score 1) 249 249

Since we're not citing studies we remember, I remember one from just a few years ago that suggested the most cost-effective single measure we could take to save lives on our roads in the UK might be to fully light every mile of motorway (and possibly all high-speed roads, but I can't remember now whether the data supported going that far).

Makes sense, it is horrible when you leave a lit piece of motorway or proper A-road and go back to an unlit stretch. Travelling at high speed in the dark is simply not as safe as doing it during daylight or on lit roads. Your field of view with headlights is severely limited.

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