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The Future Is Four Wheels, Cyclists Be Damned

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    ubergeek
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    I've noticed this trend in the US, even in "bike friendly" cities, where cars are prioritized over humans. It's a trend that needs to stop, but how?

    I've noticed this trend in the US, even in "bike friendly" cities, where cars are prioritized over humans. It's a trend that needs to stop, but how?

    4 votes
    1. mike10010100
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      Make sure that every candidate, no matter what level, has a plan to combat climate change. The biggest way this can be accomplished is with pedestrian, human-powered, and electric vehicles. Hold...

      Make sure that every candidate, no matter what level, has a plan to combat climate change. The biggest way this can be accomplished is with pedestrian, human-powered, and electric vehicles. Hold them to this necessity, and then elect them to office.

      This problem holds true to all aspects of American politics: we focus too much on national issues and all but ignore local ones. This makes it ridiculously easy for monied interests to influence local governments.

      8 votes
    2. [2]
      Death
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      There would need to be a concerted, organized effort both to promote alternate transportation methods and to vilify cars. A lot of political changes in favour of bikes have come not only as part...

      There would need to be a concerted, organized effort both to promote alternate transportation methods and to vilify cars. A lot of political changes in favour of bikes have come not only as part of ecological policy but also often as a public safety concern.

      Given that it's the US we're talking about though, a country which is still politically gridlocked on a number of public safety and health concerns, I think it will be some time before substantial changes can be enacted and it will likely come off the back of more broad political reform.

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      1. skybrian
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        I don't see making cars versus bikes a more polarized debate as solving anything. Sometimes we are walking, sometimes we ride bikes, and sometimes we use cars. These are roles we adopt...

        I don't see making cars versus bikes a more polarized debate as solving anything. Sometimes we are walking, sometimes we ride bikes, and sometimes we use cars. These are roles we adopt temporarily, not permanent identities. Or should be, anyway.

        I favor investment in separated bike paths that appeal to casual riders, which will tend to make that more true. It seems like there's been quite a bit of progress, though still more to do.

        3 votes