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Old 03-15-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Sure the cyclist and pedestrian always loose but did you quit walking??

Don't give into fear be it cycling or whatever since fear steals your quality of life.
I didn't quit riding; I just switched to long Sunday Morning rides (but I haven't been out in months because of winter)

Anyway, I will probably get back into bike commuting game this year... but still, it's unacceptably dangergous for bike riders.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Its not about lack of money, its about a lack of desire. But also, there is a problem in the case of bikes. State, local, etc governments can tax car owners via fuel taxes, registration fees, etc and bikers get off free.
No bicyclist do not get a free ride. With all but a tiny fraction of cyclist most cyclist own cars and pay road tax.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I didn't quit riding; I just switched to long Sunday Morning rides (but I haven't been out in months because of winter)

Anyway, I will probably get back into bike commuting game this year... but still, it's unacceptably dangergous for bike riders.
Whew! Had me going for a bit!

Ride on, mate. Ride on.........
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Now there's an article written by a liberal clueless of economics...
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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liberals want bicycles, conservatives want cars (fairly accurate discription). has anyone considered an in-between? scooters can be plated, pay taxes, are affordable, and can get over 100 mpg. just a thought.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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liberals want bicycles, conservatives want cars (fairly accurate discription). has anyone considered an in-between? scooters can be plated, pay taxes, are affordable, and can get over 100 mpg. just a thought.
Why not drive a car AND ride a bike? Liberal-hating is only an excuse to not ride at least for fun/exercise; the real reason is fat-assed lazyness.

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Owning 1 car and getting to work via Bicycle and bus commuting has enabled my fiance and I to save for a down payment on a house much quicker. We're saving over $400 per month.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Bike commuting is not an option for me. It's 30 miles each way with some serious multi-mile hill climbs. I do try and ride my motorcycle whenever I can but my opportunities are limited since ,as a teacher, I am only able to ride for a total of about three months time. I've tried bundling up and heading out earlier in the spring or later in the fall but I leave for work before 6 am and riding for 45 minutes in below 40 degree morning temps is very tough to take at 45 mph.

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Old 03-15-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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Imagine work places with shower options for their employees, buying a dependable bike that you don't have to replace and not living 20 miles from where you work to begin with.
Well - I previously worked out of my home office except for business trips which required air travel or occasional trips to corporate HQ. When I changed jobs in January (due to a layoff at my previous place) I potentially could have ended up with an office job > 20 miles from my home. Not everyone can pick up and move easily when they change jobs.

Now I do have shower facilities in my office, but even if riding a bike was an option for me, I don't know how I could make that work and still wear a nice, clean, wrinkle-free suit every day.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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I think scooters would be a great idea, esp. in the city it would free up parking. BUT having owned one, I always thought it was a real ripoff that they charge the same for plates on a moped that goes 20mph tops as they do for a crotch rocket or a harley. If they would give people a break on the plates, I think they would go for the scooters. Esp. in warm weather climates.

But alas, those tax dollar greedy politicians screw up everything.
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