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Comment Re:It would be... (Score 1) 233

I was in a small town too, everyone know sidewalks were for pedestrians and bikes. And we went slow, we stopped, we started, we stopped again, etc. We did not ride like modern cyclists with full set of expensive gear trying to make a speed record on the way to work weaving into and out of traffic. The road was much less safe. Even in the city now, the roads are murderous, viewing is bad, speed limit for cars too high, bike lanes too small (and when they aren't the cyclists still want to be far left on the white line for some reason).

That's the thing about commuter cyclists, they have someplace to go and don't ride like wobbly kids on their first bike.

There's no reason for speed limits to be too high or bike lanes too narrow, if a city wants biking to be safer, then they can make it safer. The reason why bikes ride out of the bike lane (when it really is a bike lane and not just a shoulder that drivers *think* is a bike lane) is because cars tend to kick debris into the bike lane. A separated bike lane, even with a low curb-like separator) is much safer in the respect since most road debris won't jump the barrier.

Comment Re: cut the risk of death from any cause by 41% (Score 1) 233

My cousin's husband was an avid cyclist. He was hit by a school bus and killed instantly. Transit buses don't have a monopoly on killing cyclists. School buses are good for it too!

Hey, what a coincidence, my cousin died from the same thing, except she was driving a car, and she didn't die instantly she was initially conscious, but she passed away before rescuers could extricate her from the car.

Comment Re:I live in a major metropolitian (Score 2) 233

I'm pretty sure the lungfuls of car exhaust will counteract that benefit. Hell, I knew a truck driver who had his chest cracked open looking for problems only to find it was just the build up of decades of soot from sitting in traffic so much.

That's not true in most cities:


“Even in Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world – with pollution levels ten times those in London – people would need to cycle over five hours per week before the pollution risks outweigh the health benefits.

Comment Re: Selection bias (Score 2) 233

This was the comment I was waiting on. Heart failure and cancer aren't really "let's bike to work god I feel alive just now!"style diseases.

They are god let's stay home and have someone drive us to anywhere we need to go diseases...

My doctor recommended that my father ride a bike for exercise after his heart surgery after his second heart attack. And he did. He was no racer, but managed to ride a few miles around the neighborhood most days. I'm regular cyclist and older than my dad was after his first heart attack, and so far, I'm showing no signs of similar heart disease (though my diet is much better, so I can't attribute it to exercise alone)

So it's not true that heart disease and cycling don't go together.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 1) 233

Bikes don't belong around cars. Bike lanes should be only built on the sidewalks, bikers don't pay neither taxes nor fees to have lanes given to them by the idiotic governments. I say hit every bike that is on the road, do it on purpose, run them off the roads even in bike lanes unless it is a *toll road* and they *paid* to take it.

I don't know how your roads are paid, but around here, local roads are paid almost entirely out of property and sales taxes, and as a cyclist, I pay a lot of money in those taxes. Plus I pay registration fees for my car that's off the road while I'm cycling.

So it's not at all true that cyclists don't pay for roads -- we don't pay gas taxes, but cyclists cause virtually zero wear and tear on roads, no road ever needs to be repaved because of bike traffic.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 2) 233

When I was growing up, we were taught to ride out bikes on the sidewalk since it was safer.

Cycling on the sidewalk is much less safe -- most cyclists are hit in intersections, and on a sidewalk every driveway is an intersection, worse, many drivers don't even look before backing out into the sidewalk. Even as a runner I've had many more close calls on the sidewalk with cars pulling out across the sidewalk without looking that when running on the road.

Comment Re:It would be... (Score 4, Informative) 233

Look, roads were made for cars and trucks. If you ride a motorcycle or bicycle on the road, anything that happens to you is your fault. A smart person surrounds himself in steel to protect him from stupid assholes on the road. Only retards think that they don't need it.

Actually, roads were originally made for (and paid by) cyclists:


Surrounding yourself in steel doesn't seem to make drivers very safe when 35,000 people a year are killed in car crashes.

Comment Re:bike to work is healthy and back to home? kkk (Score 1) 233

Bike to work is healthy and back to home might be dangerous if you get late according to my wife's rules.

What kind of wife do you have that she'd be upset that you're doing something that's healthy?

Bike commuting doesn't have to make a commute significantly longer, my commute is a bit faster by bike because I can take a shortcut through a park that is inaccessible to cars, and I take a bike bridge over the freeway so I avoid the stop-and-go freeway traffic.

The surprising thing about a bike commute is how consistent is -- I get to work within 5 minutes of the same amount of time every day, while when I drive and have to be there at a particular time, I have to pad the drive time by 20 minutes to account for unexpected traffic delays.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 233

My job is 20 miles and 4 valleys away. To add to that a vehicle "in good working order and an acceptable license" are required as a term of my employment.

I can think of a few environmentalist cranks who would encourage people in such a situation to get a different job.

Or live closer to work.

Comment Re:On-site service; cargo (Score 3, Informative) 233

Moving closer doesn't help if it is part of your job description to visit clients' land or haul more work equipment than will fit in a reasonable bike trailer.

The major downside: if you don't ride your bike, the public will miss getting to see you in the tight black spandex that all bikers seem to feel a compulsion to wear. The gay community in particular will be disappointed. In the name of tolerance you should not disappoint the gay community. Therefore car travel is a bigoted idea and supports hatred of LGBT people. So you see, you must bike, for the good of the society!

It's lycra, not spandex, and few commuters wear full-on bike gear. Most people wear the same clothes they wear at work. It's the recreational riders that are more likely to wear bike gear... and there's a good reason for it -- similar to why few people wear jeans to lift weights at the gym.

Comment Re:Attitudes (Score 1) 81

There is local and there is local
Is a building on the same LAN (extended) half a mile away from the DC local? In that building you store yourt backups?
are they local? are they at the same risk as storing those backups in the same building as the DC?
Please tell us so we can benefit from your experience and infinite wisdom {sic}

Personally, I'd consider anything with a mile to be "local" since there are disasters (fire/flood/hurricane/tornado/earthquake/riots) that can affect both buildings. I've only recently added "rioting" to the list of disasters to protect against after seeing what happened to a friend's business in Berkeley.

My important data is replicated live across 3 separate datacenters located miles apart, with snapshots pushed several times a day to a different cloud provider on the other side of the country.

Comment Re:Attitudes (Score 5, Insightful) 81

Me: I don't want your clouds, why should I waste my bandwidth and endure slow access times when I can store my files and my backups locally?

If you're storing your files and backups locally, then you don't really have "backups", you just another copy of data that will be lost in the fire/flood/tornado, whatever.

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