Archive for the ‘media’ Category

Who pays more for roads, bikes or cars?
October 4, 2010

The facts are clear: People who don’t drive much — including most true bike zealots — significantly subsidize those who drive a lot. And in any kilometre-by-kilometre comparison of city residents who travel exclusively by one mode or the other, drivers tend to pay less than their real costs, while riders pay more.

via Bikes vs. cars: Who pays their fair share?.

Key point are these “real costs” since cars and car infrastructure cost cities far more than anything produce by and for cycles.


Former Austin HS student accused of shooting cyclist
November 19, 2009

The two teenagers in the car with Dyer told Austin police detectives that Dyer said, “I hate cyclists on the road,” before he allegedly rolled down his window, firing a shot from a pellet gun at a cyclist.

Former Austin HS student accused of shooting cyclist | | News.

So much hate.

Town Without Cars
May 12, 2009

70 percent of Vauban’s families do not own cars, and 57 percent sold a car to move here. “When I had a car I was always tense. I’m much happier this way,” said Heidrun Walter, a media trainer and mother of two, as she walked verdant streets where the swish of bicycles and the chatter of wandering children drown out the occasional distant motor.

via Germany Imagines Suburbs Without Cars – (emphasis added)

SF bike plan back on path
November 29, 2008

Why exactly did we need to spend two and a half years and over $1 million on this again? Oh yeah, because anti-bike zealot and occasional also-ran supervisorial candidate Rob Anderson sued the city for not adequately studying bicycling before proposing to complete the bicycle network and almost double the city’s current 45 miles in lanes…

“So far, it’s just a black hole for money, time, frustration… and cyclists are paying the price,” Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

via SF slowly pedals forward – SFBG Politics Blog

Scathing critique of the American auto industry
November 13, 2008

How could these companies be so bad for so long? Clearly the combination of a very un-innovative business culture, visionless management and overly generous labor contracts explains a lot of it. It led to a situation whereby General Motors could make money only by selling big, gas-guzzling S.U.V.’s and trucks. Therefore, instead of focusing on making money by innovating around fuel efficiency, productivity and design, G.M. threw way too much energy into lobbying and maneuvering to protect its gas guzzlers.

via Op-Ed Columnist – How to Fix a Flat –

Congestion Parking in San Francisco
October 22, 2008

Under this plan, curbside parking is based on fair market prices.

via Carfree USA Blog: Congestion Parking in San Francisco

Could be interesting

Some Wacky Ideas
October 7, 2008

Some Wacky Ideas – Urban Velo

Pretty wacky!

PS, drilling will not bring cheaper gas right away. Shit takes time, dogg.


The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can’t Have
September 11, 2008

Ford’s 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But here’s the catch: Despite the car’s potential to transform Ford’s image and help it compete with Toyota Motor (TM) and Honda Motor (HMC) in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. “We know it’s an awesome vehicle,” says Ford America President Mark Fields. “But there are business reasons why we can’t sell it in the U.S.”

The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can’t Have

By “business reasons” he means not making as much money.

Rob Anderson: Anti-bike facist.
August 20, 2008

The Wall Street Journal does a good summary of one of SF’s most hated anti-bike advocates.

“Regardless of the obvious dangers, some people will ride bikes in San Francisco for the same reason Islamic fanatics will engage in suicide bombings — because they are politically motivated to do so,” he wrote in a May 21 post.

Basically his argument is that it’s a waste of resources to encourage bicycle commuting in such “car-centric American cities.” My argument? Change the paradigm! Gas prices going up and shifts in where people live (more urban, less suburban) seem to be making head-way. (articles to come)