Having walked in Boston and driven in Boston, I can honestly say that I don’t want to ride my bike in Boston. Luckily, I don’t have to now that I’m out of that commute. But this article from Universal Hub makes it sound like more of a nightmare than I even imagined.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wired’s got an article up on the foods you shouldn’t eat while driving. Some of it is fairly ridiculous – soup? chili?
My biggest problem with eating and driving has always been the mess, not only getting stuff on your hands but the possibility of dropping something on your shirt.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Here in Massachusetts, there are times and places when we let you drive in the breakdown lane. That’d be the one on the far right. So that means that the craziest drivers, the ones who are in such a hurry that they will go wherever they believe the traffic to be moving fastest, will either be to your far left or your far right. If you’re driving like a normal human being, you’re trapped.
It’s a common enough site – someone gets on at the offramp and then you watch as, without directional, they immediately coast four lanes over to get to the left hand lane, where they stay for the remainder of their trip.
It’s at this point that you have to be reminded of George Carlin’s oft-quoted line about traffic: “You ever notice how anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anybody driving faster than you is a maniac?” Truer words were never spoken about the passing lane – it’s ok for *you* to ride up somebody’s bumper, because he should get out of your way. But when somebody does it to you, it’s time for self-enforcing the speed limit. No one shoul go faster than me! They might get there before I do!
Anyway, bit of a rant there. The article seems to be about states starting to ticket people for misuse of the passing lane, and I couldn’t be more for it. Pass somebody. Then, when you can get back over into a middle lane, do so. If somebody wants to pass you on the left, no matter how fast you are going, *let them*. It’s as simple as that.
I don’t really understand this article. Apparently there are retailers that offer “hybrid only” parking spaces. Fine, I can live with that (people who don’t care will simply ignore it). But the point seems to be that *these* perks are going away, to be replaced by similar perks for plug-ins (that’d be the purely electric cars).
How about this – any encouragement that gets people investing in the newer technologies, and thus driving prices down, which in turn encourages adoption, is a good thing.
Want to hear about my parking perk? When I ride my bike, I don’t need a parking space.
Well, technically I do. I call it “the cube next to mine.” But I never have to fight anybody else for it.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
From wood paneling to talking cars, MSN looks at the worst auto fads of the last 50 years – including a few you’ll still see on the streets today.
I confess : One of my cars had that automatic seatbelt thing. I expect it came closer to killing me than saving me, as I lost track of the times I’d turn key in ignition while the door was still open and then have the seatbelt try to take my head off.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Less people with jobs == less people going to work in the morning == less traffic on the roads == good thing for you?
I suppose we see our silver linings where we can.
You could just as easily say “less people driving == less demand for gas == prices go up for those of us still driving”, too.