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Old 12-14-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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They somehow forget to mention how many billions in productivity would be lost if everybody was on a bike.

No thanks. I'll keep driving my 5000 pound V8 truck.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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Great article. Portland gets it and many more cities across the country are starting to get it. Cities are rushing to add bike lanes and adding bike racks to sidewalks. Even businesses are becoming more cyclist friendly by providing places to store your bike while you do business including restaurants. How about the new bike kiosks springing up in major cities like NYC, Washington D.C. and Denver? You rent a bicycle from a strategically placed bike kiosk, ride it and return it to the same kiosk or another kiosk.

The car will never be replaced by the bicycle, though, many people have sold off one car in their household and just kept one car due to taking up commuting by bicycle. Commuting by bike or even running local errands by bicycle will increase your savings and decrease your carbon foot print and you will get some exercise while doing it. Nothing wrong with that.

-Cheers.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: NJ
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how are they putting a dollar figure on the concept of better air quality?
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:47 PM
 
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No way I'm doing my 28 mile (one way), hilly commute on a bicycle.

Moving closer to work is not an option as the prices of homes greatly increase.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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They somehow forget to mention how many billions in productivity would be lost if everybody was on a bike.

No thanks. I'll keep driving my 5000 pound V8 truck.

Nice bean counting. Did you count the health problems due to lack of exercise and smog? I always see fatties in their SUV kind of jiggling a bit if the idle is too high.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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Nice bean counting. Did you count the health problems due to lack of exercise and smog? I always see fatties in their SUV kind of jiggling a bit if the idle is too high.


I'm 6 ft tall, a shade under 200 pounds and I can see my 6 pack.

Not the Car's fault any more than it is the spoons!
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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What about the potential for being stuck in a torrential downpour or snowstorm? Yes, I know all about GoreTex rain pants and jackets, but the physics of a bicycle having about two square inches of contact with the roadway versus dozens of times more for even the crummiest little econobox does not reassure me of my chances of staying upright in the face of poor road conditions...
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:04 PM
 
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Do these bikes come with air conditioning? How about a trunk for groceries?

Heat and food...who needs them!
Except everyone, of course.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Motorcycles are a nice middle ground form of transportation. There are a lot of ways to improve personal transportation for commuting. A driver enclosure for a Can Am Spyder-style vehicle isn't much of a leap.

Last edited by Lincolnian; 12-15-2011 at 05:32 PM..
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