On Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:40:01 -0700, TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
Banning is a strong word that must be avoided, but let's say that you
let in essential vehicles to a city a center and you could actually ride
a donkey in NYC. Well, that's something extreme --except for the mounted
police-- but you get my point. Then people could walk and bike around
with no stress whatsoever.
An American goes to the city of Groningen and goes "Wow, no cars!"
Actually he repeats it many times because it looks impossible. Hey,
nothing is impossible. You just make it possible. Remember, THE
REVOLUTION IS ABOUT SOLUTIONS.
Unfortunately, many American cities sprung up after the invention of the
automobile, so they are designed for cars. Even older cities have
extensive suburbs whose residents absolutely require cars.
I lived in the Bay Area for four years, and only drove into San Francisco
a few times, quickly discovering that the price of parking and parking
tickets made it much more inconvenient than using public transportation.
And I can't believe what great physical shape I was in by using it --
having to walk a few blocks to the bus stop, and sometimes deciding that
walking a mile was faster than waiting for the next bus. Burbites are so
fat and lazy than they drive to visit their next-door neighbors.
I visited Europe and Asia in 2009, and in Europe cars are a luxury -- but
it doesn't matter since public transit is so good. Vietnam does not seem
to have much public transit, everyone rides scooters. Same in Cambodia,
except that scooters are a luxury and you see bicycles instead. Safe to
say, I saw very few fat Vietnamese and Cambodians, and only slightly more
fat Europeans. I come back to America and see 250kg blobs driving their
fat asses to a buffet two blocks away.
they are-- but they are a lot of fun. I think they can coexist with
hostility out there. One issue that turns me off is cars sitting on
ignore you. It's assumed that the pedestrian/cyclist is some kind of
idiot with time to spare. Sidewalks are often in disrepair or simply
blocked by cars or trash cans.