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From today’s Streets Blog NYC about the Hudson River Greenway on the westside of Manhattan, which is shared by trendy cyclists and boring pedestrians:

The Hudson River Greenway Needs Great Design, Not Knee-Jerk Security Fixes

The greenway is bursting at the seams during warmer months and needs to be widened to handle the peak volume of bike and pedestrian traffic it carries.

By Laura Shepard
Jun 22, 2018

… The multitude of different conveyances on the greenway no longer fit comfortably within its current dimensions. Cyclists, runners, skateboarders, kids on scooters, and people on e-bikes travel at varying speeds.

Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. Our culture, though, is strangely oblivious to prioritizing the needs of mothers pushing baby carriages. For example, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act defined the disabled (e.g., the handful of people who need wheelchairs) as having a legal right to have constructed ramps and the like to get around staircases and curbs, which turned out to be very useful to the more numerous category of people pushing baby carriages (not to mention their babies).

But there is something weird about how our culture only did something for mothers pushing baby carriages as an unplanned-for byproduct of a different group, The Disabled, getting themselves defined as an Identity Politics group with special rights.

The greenway isn’t designed to handle all of them, and some people on the greenway feel intimidated by the faster e-bikes, said Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse on Pier 26 in Tribeca, which offers free public kayaking to 30,000 people every year.

“It’s driving some people off the bike path. I get complaints from people with children, I get complaints from seniors, I have a lot of volunteers who are female, who just will not ride on the bike path,” he said.

The board responded by including language in its resolution about the “lack of enforcement to mitigate dangerous riding behavior” and calling for rumble strips that create vibrations at higher speeds, setting a speed limit, installing signage to direct traffic movement in a safe and orderly manner, and addressing other ways to enforce safe speeds and courteous behavior on the greenway.

So I’m not the only person who has noticed that cyclists and pedestrians aren’t necessarily natural allies forever and ever.

The politics of this in New York are kind of like Democratic Party orthodoxy: the Establishment is united in agreeing that cars / white males are the problem and must surrender much of their turf to the united non-cars / non-white males. But the non-cars / non-white males don’t all have the same interests either other than in taking from the cars / white males. Indeed, it turns out that the few bicyclists / elites tend to get more from taking from cars / white males than do the pedestrians / masses of Democratic Party voters.

 
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  1. Corn says:

    “Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. Our culture, though, is strangely oblivious to prioritizing the needs of mothers pushing baby carriages.”

    Gee Steve, are you implying that women should be pushing baby carriages? Let’s just go back to the ‘50s and have a chicken in every pot, a bun in every oven and the patriarchy in control.

    Seriously though, in some ways our society is becoming more dog friendly than child friendly. But that’s another topic we’ve talked about at iSteve….

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    ...in some ways our society is becoming more dog friendly than child friendly
     
    Kids are too precious and fragile; must nurture something else. Evidently.
    , @Forbes
    I understand--but correct me if I'm wrong--fathers push baby carriages too. But seeing how feminists--in the current year--believe men to be useless and disposable, at best, prioritizing women's needs seems the PC way...
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  2. TheBoom says:

    “Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. “

    Yes but in San Francisco affluent neighborhoods many white mothers push their baby carriage out into the street without first looking as to whether it is safe to do so. I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed. Everything seems to be an egocentric power struggle for educated women these days.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Natural selection...
    , @anonymous
    Mr. Boom, I do not mean to offend, but I truly believe that the anecdote you cite is bullshit.

    Sorry, mate.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Startup idea: self-driving, all-terrain baby carriages, with safety features (breaks, collision avoidance, antitheft cameras, etc.).

    Maybe with that patina of technology, American parents will be able to leave their babies in baby carriages outside of restaurants they're dining in, like they do in some high-trust societies.
    , @Bardon Kaldian

    I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed.
     
    This is so crazy it may well be true.
    , @Mike1
    Your last sentence seems accurate but the story seems like nonsense. San Francisco is actively hostile to people with children: people make nasty comments as you walk down the street and it is not unusual to have motorists drive at you. A parent that acted like this actually would have their kid die in that city.
    To Steve's point it is amazing how being 1/4 inch wrong in your bathroom sink height will trigger a lawsuit from a legal troll that specializes in working over small businesses but parents have nowhere to change diapers. I never realized this until I had kids but where on earth are you supposed to do a diaper change: on the table where you are dining?! The hostility from many officials at airports is truly amazing.
    Political leaders and the financial world are starting to freak out (see Germany etc) that birth rates are way below replacement but parenting is really punished in the West.
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  3. I admit to being very irrational about greenways. Here in our very progressive unitown, a stretch of natural area was recently turned into one of these so-called greenways. Well, I’m a bad person, and I used to ride one of my beautiful Italian, two-stroke observed trials motos there. No one ever knew; I was quiet. Cough, http://www.betausa.com/

    Now that same area, which used to be truly natural, is full of middle-aged broads power walking on asphalt. James Taylor lived here, and he wrote about this place: https://youtu.be/-JunmomMSK0

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  4. AndrewR says:
    @TheBoom

    "Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. "
     
    Yes but in San Francisco affluent neighborhoods many white mothers push their baby carriage out into the street without first looking as to whether it is safe to do so. I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed. Everything seems to be an egocentric power struggle for educated women these days.

    Natural selection…

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  5. Indeed, it turns out that the few bicyclists / elites tend to get more from taking from cars / white males than do the pedestrians / masses of Democratic Party voters.

    Rhetorically speaking, good thing there’s an app for that. Just gotta tap that icon …

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    That’s an amazing photo. In case anyone else wonders:

    June 2008: a car plowed into a weekend bicycle race along a highway near the US-Mexico (MONTERREY) border, killing one and wounding 10 others, police said.

    The 28-year-old driver was apparently drunk and fell asleep when he crashed in the race, said police investigator Jose Alfredo Rodriguez. A photo taken by an official of the city showed cyclists and equipment launched high into the air by the collision.

    Rodriguez said Juan Campos was charged with murder Alejandro Alvarez, 37, of Monterrey. Authorities said the wreck happened 15 minutes in the 34 kilometers (21 miles) race Sunday along a road between Baghdad and Playa Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.
    Campos said he is a U.S. citizen living in Brownsville.
    https://autoworld.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/terrible-accident-car-crashes-into-bike-race-in-mexico/
     
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  6. A day without an iSteve BikeHate post is like a day without sunshine!

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    • Replies: @al gore rhythms
    As a keen cyclist I'm starting to understand how Jews must feel reading this site!

    Maybe he should call us pedal-philes?
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  7. Farmiddle says:

    The difference is that a single person usually are at different times, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorist, an inline skater, a parent pushing a baby carriage, etc. So most people want to accomodate all those types of people because most people are all those type of people.

    This recent anti-bike kick you’re on is a strange departure from your normal clear thinking.

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    I've done quite a bit of biking as an adult, but I've never been a fan of the spandex types. One thing that made me really lose sympathy for the aggressive cyclists (including myself at certain points in my younger days, for which I hereby apologize) was biking with my child. You'd think that people who really wanted to encourage bicycles would want to encourage more Dutch style family biking. And then, short on Dutch style terrain and infrastructure, I've been driving significantly more since I had more than one kid, and the cyclists who were mildly condescending when I was biking with a kid are downright rude and insulting when I'm driving kids around (like, radio on loud enough to partly cover inconsolable crying newborn--sometimes you just gotta get home--windows shut, and I can still hear exactly which swear words he's shouting at me, just because I'm trying to see traffic before making a left turn. Yes, sir, I'm aware that's the bike lane. Next time I'll be sure not to stop in it and just plow you down. Not really, but what does he want?) Anyhow, if we could make all bike advocates Dutch and Danish moms-of-3 I'd be fine with that. Give cycling the cool factor of mom-jeans.
    , @Sam Haysom
    Hey no fair it's my ox getting gored. Stick to NAMs.


    [email protected]$k this attitude on the alt right. It's proponents like JackD are some of the most selfish cynical people around.

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  8. Aren’t all motorized vehicles banned on that path? It’s the only place I’ll ride a bike in the city — no matter how cautious your own riding style is, it’s deeply unsettling to be on a surface street when you’re surrounded by bicyclists who think it’s normal to barrel through red lights while texting in the rain.

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  9. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Indeed, it turns out that the few bicyclists / elites tend to get more from taking from cars / white males than do the pedestrians / masses of Democratic Party voters.
     
    Rhetorically speaking, good thing there’s an app for that. Just gotta tap that icon ...

    http://media4.s-nbcnews.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photo_StoryLevel/080603/080603-bike-accident-hmed-330a.grid-6x2.jpg

    That’s an amazing photo. In case anyone else wonders:

    June 2008: a car plowed into a weekend bicycle race along a highway near the US-Mexico (MONTERREY) border, killing one and wounding 10 others, police said.

    The 28-year-old driver was apparently drunk and fell asleep when he crashed in the race, said police investigator Jose Alfredo Rodriguez. A photo taken by an official of the city showed cyclists and equipment launched high into the air by the collision.

    Rodriguez said Juan Campos was charged with murder Alejandro Alvarez, 37, of Monterrey. Authorities said the wreck happened 15 minutes in the 34 kilometers (21 miles) race Sunday along a road between Baghdad and Playa Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.
    Campos said he is a U.S. citizen living in Brownsville.

    https://autoworld.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/terrible-accident-car-crashes-into-bike-race-in-mexico/

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  10. Analogous to immigration: Set aside a concrete amount of concrete for all the non-cars / non-whitemales to fight over. May the best fringe win.

    This concept is beginning to crystalize. Whatever resource or space it is, whether it’s visas, pathways or entitlements, make it a simple, total quantity that must be set and agreed upon before it is divvied up. The number can be argued periodically by Citizens and their representatives and then set.

    That way it would all be out in the open how much is being taken away from us. White males / car drivers / American Citizens would be removed from the arguments, while their competition would be divided.

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  11. anonymous[267] • Disclaimer says:
    @TheBoom

    "Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. "
     
    Yes but in San Francisco affluent neighborhoods many white mothers push their baby carriage out into the street without first looking as to whether it is safe to do so. I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed. Everything seems to be an egocentric power struggle for educated women these days.

    Mr. Boom, I do not mean to offend, but I truly believe that the anecdote you cite is bullshit.

    Sorry, mate.

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    I can confirm that at least some women-on-bike hold the idea that all the momentum can be pumped out of a heavily laden truck as it approaches the pedestrian crossing within less than 20 feet as they ABSOLUTELY INSIST on their moral and legal "right to cross" suddenly and without warning (which may quickly become a "right to a cross" in this case).
    , @Tom Wilkes
    I don't know about women with baby carriages, but I do know that when I was in college it was a very common assumption especially among females that any pedestrian could walk anywhere without looking simply because pedestrians legally had the right of way. I also know that women drivers feel they should have the right of way on pretty much all occasions, whether they legally do or not.
    , @Olorin
    I've seen Mr. B's scenario more times than I can count.

    Down in downtown Olympia, Washington's state capital, I once witnessed a four-car fendersmash when one of the local tattooed Trustafarian types shoved her pram out into traffic at a crosswalk without even looking, and--bonus points--she was on a freakin' skateboard and moving fast.

    Once in Berkeley at Cedar and Shattuck I saw one of the bleach-blonde salon tanned runner moms do something similar, with one of those pricey runner's prams then the extreme in fashion among women for whom children were the ultimate lifestyle accoutrement. In that case just one car was damaged as it jumped the curb and hit I don't recall what since I was scootling to render aid to the airbag-stunned driver.

    That's just two of 'em.

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  12. J.Ross says: • Website

    Cars teach the irrefutability of phronesis (regardless of legal opinions or statutes, if you’ve gotta swerve to avoid a collision, then you’ve gotta swerve). They require responsibility and ownership. They empower, not in the empty way that word is normally used to denote, but absolutely and terrifyingly.
    Guns, marriages, original Constitutional protections, trade skills, small businesses, the free internet, and, to an extent, home ownership all do likewise.
    All these things have one more quality in common: they are violently despised by Bohemian Grovers, talking heads and SXSW trendies, and militated against constantly.
    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.

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    Great comment. This is really the core of modern progressivism: an authoritarian undermining of personal autonomy. When your prerogatives to move, work, and consume are eviscerated, it's almost trivial to achieve the final goal of preventing wrong thoughts.

    This is why liberals fetishize mass transit, to get from where they want you to be to where they want you to go. The idea of your own car as an extension of your own autonomy -- aspiration, space, style, freedom of association, freedom of movement -- is anametha to them. The liberal utopia in which everyone lives in centrally-planned, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments is more about these values than about environmental protection or economic efficiency.
    , @ThreeCranes
    Your's is an excellent comment.

    My bit of support for your thesis. It wasn't until I built a boat that I took seriously the importance of using intelligence and exercising care in executing every step of the process, from design calculations, to working drawings and sharpening chisels.

    The prospect of floating in deep water with nothing but my craft standing between me and a watery grave sobered me considerably. It was "empowering" in just the sense you use the term, "absolutely and terrifyingly".
    , @nebulafox
    The entire agenda of our bipartisan elite-economic, media, and political-, if it can be described as a coherent agenda at all, can be boiled to getting rid of traditional American yeoman independence and replacing it with something more akin to modern neo-feudalism. They differ on the details, not on the essential vision.

    (This coming from a guy who thinks it is depressing as hell that Tanzania is getting high-speed rail before the USA.)

    , @Forbes

    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.
     
    Because his soul will be dead. And there will be, literally, nothing worth living for. All gain and no pain--the elimination of risk reduces human existence to numbness, for there is nothing to experience.

    Adults will be as helpless children (and we seem to be approaching that) as without risk, there is no responsibility. With all choices removed, there will be no volition, no motivation or incentive to act.
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  13. prosa123 says: • Website

    In some parking lots, especially supermarkets, there are close-in parking spaces with signs reserving them for parents with small children. Nice idea, however unlike the case with handicapped parking this restriction is not legally enforceable.

    It’s rather uncommon to see people in wheelchairs using handicapped parking spaces. More commonly the users are old people or extremely fat people.

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    Nice idea, however unlike the case with handicapped parking this restriction is not legally enforceable.
     
    It's kind of nice, though, that we still live in a somewhat high-trust society in which most people abide by these rules. A lot of restaurants and retail have designated parking for people picking up on-line orders, and most people seem to honor these, too. That wouldn't work in much of the world.
    , @contriturated anon

    It’s rather uncommon to see people in wheelchairs using handicapped parking spaces. More commonly the users are old people or extremely fat people.
     
    That's very true. I might have a larger sample size of observation than most, because I'm one of the fat people parking in one of the handicapped spots. At least I have to use a cane, so people don't actually throw things at me. (It's the ones that show no outward sign of disability at all that learn dodging skills.)

    Although of course they assume I use the cane because I'm fat. None of them know (how could they?) that a car accident and then cancer messed up my back and knees quite a bit, hence the cane. Gaining weight due to lack of mobility over the years, well, I'm just a weak-willed scum, obviously.

    But really, it's okay, I'm well used to the looks of distain I get when I park somewhere and shuffle into a building, as well as the comments made when they think, falsely, that I'm out of hearing range. After all, I'm a fat white male -- the hate trifecta!

    I've thought of dressing like a Nazi some Halloween, but that would just be gilding the lily.
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  14. vinny says:

    All this, “oh think of the pedestrians” concern trolling with regard to bicycles is very strange. I’m a serious pedestrian, who hasn’t ridden in a car in a month, who has bicycled twice in the time, and I would happily have my city’s road department and police traffic enforcement turned over to the most militant bicyclists in the city.

    Almost every American street has enough room for bicyclists, pedestrians, baby carriages, Medicare motorized wheelchairs, electrified scooters, skateboarders, and whatever if we gave them as much space as we give traveling cars, much less people storing their personal property on the public right of way.

    Give people equal space to cars on streets and you’ll never complain about bicyclists again.

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  15. vinny says:

    To get into the numbers, the Hudson River Greenway has 8 ft for bicyclists, 10 ft for sidewalk, and 6 lanes x 12 ft /lane= 72 ft of width for cars in the city with the best public transit in the US.

    How about 2 lanes for cars, 8 ft for bicycles, and a 58 ft for pedestrians? It’d be like Las Ramblas.

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  16. Lot says:

    Electric assist bikes with foot pedals seems to be mostly be ridden by 30-55 aged broken down looking men, about 50/50 white and hispanic. I assume they lost their licenses due to DUI, which in California is a $2500 affair on the first offense between the fines, court costs, and mandatory classes. And more than that if you miss a class or payments or court date.

    We have a whole large class of prole men here in San Diego who will never drive a car legally in the state again because the escalating fines and late fees and collection costs from one DUI.

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    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    There seems to be a boom among fifty-somethings in the UK for electric-assisted bikes. I guess they're a good thing for the health of the owners as long as they can avoid cars, because you do still have to pedal.

    Non-sporty friends who have them do twelve-mile round trips which they'd never have done on unpowered bikes. They'd have got in the car.
    , @Forbes
    In NYC, e-bikes are used for take-out food delivery--and dominate the now plentiful bike lanes constructed under Nanny Bloomberg. Meanwhile the CitiBike rental users haphazardly mix in vehicle traffic. Neither of whom appear to give a whit about yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks or obeying one-way traffic--says this diligent cyclist.
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  17. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @TheBoom

    "Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. "
     
    Yes but in San Francisco affluent neighborhoods many white mothers push their baby carriage out into the street without first looking as to whether it is safe to do so. I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed. Everything seems to be an egocentric power struggle for educated women these days.

    Startup idea: self-driving, all-terrain baby carriages, with safety features (breaks, collision avoidance, antitheft cameras, etc.).

    Maybe with that patina of technology, American parents will be able to leave their babies in baby carriages outside of restaurants they’re dining in, like they do in some high-trust societies.

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  18. Impolitic says:

    For the large majority of the way south of 72nd street, pedestrians have their own, separate path. Anyone on the Greenway with a baby carriage is jogging with it. For the most part the problems are cyclist-cyclist and cyclist-rollerblader. These have been made worse, as the article describes, by the Jersey barriers, and will be made still worse by the bollards. It’s amazing to me how these liberal cities can simultaneously believe that Muslims are not terrorist threats and also that they need to curtail their citizens’ lives to protect them from Muslim terrorism.

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    It’s amazing to me how these liberal cities can simultaneously believe that Muslims are not terrorist threats and also that they need to curtail their citizens’ lives to protect them from Muslim terrorism.
     
    Bingo. The barriers and bollards erected all around the city, building security enhancements (ID checks and authorized admission), Broad St in front of the NYSE closed off, and myriad precautions taken in the years following 9/11--all to convince the public that Islam is a religion of peace.

    Professional-level cognitive dissonance.
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  19. jim jones says:

    China took bicycle sharing to excess:

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  20. bomag says:
    @Corn
    “Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. Our culture, though, is strangely oblivious to prioritizing the needs of mothers pushing baby carriages.”

    Gee Steve, are you implying that women should be pushing baby carriages? Let’s just go back to the ‘50s and have a chicken in every pot, a bun in every oven and the patriarchy in control.

    Seriously though, in some ways our society is becoming more dog friendly than child friendly. But that’s another topic we’ve talked about at iSteve....

    …in some ways our society is becoming more dog friendly than child friendly

    Kids are too precious and fragile; must nurture something else. Evidently.

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  21. EdwardM says:
    @J.Ross
    Cars teach the irrefutability of phronesis (regardless of legal opinions or statutes, if you've gotta swerve to avoid a collision, then you've gotta swerve). They require responsibility and ownership. They empower, not in the empty way that word is normally used to denote, but absolutely and terrifyingly.
    Guns, marriages, original Constitutional protections, trade skills, small businesses, the free internet, and, to an extent, home ownership all do likewise.
    All these things have one more quality in common: they are violently despised by Bohemian Grovers, talking heads and SXSW trendies, and militated against constantly.
    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.

    Great comment. This is really the core of modern progressivism: an authoritarian undermining of personal autonomy. When your prerogatives to move, work, and consume are eviscerated, it’s almost trivial to achieve the final goal of preventing wrong thoughts.

    This is why liberals fetishize mass transit, to get from where they want you to be to where they want you to go. The idea of your own car as an extension of your own autonomy — aspiration, space, style, freedom of association, freedom of movement — is anametha to them. The liberal utopia in which everyone lives in centrally-planned, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments is more about these values than about environmental protection or economic efficiency.

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    • Replies: @midtown
    I agree that much of liberalism is about control, but how does mixed-use planning comport with that? Mixed-use is increasing freedom to do with your property as you please. Strictly separated zoning is the beating heart of central planning. As far as TOD goes, being able to conduct your business on foot is the most freeing method of all. Not that you would want to ban cars, but having that option is nice.
    , @Anonymous
    The left likes centralised mass transit systems because they allow labor unions to paralyse entire cities or countries at a moment's warning.
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  22. EdwardM says:
    @prosa123
    In some parking lots, especially supermarkets, there are close-in parking spaces with signs reserving them for parents with small children. Nice idea, however unlike the case with handicapped parking this restriction is not legally enforceable.

    It's rather uncommon to see people in wheelchairs using handicapped parking spaces. More commonly the users are old people or extremely fat people.

    Nice idea, however unlike the case with handicapped parking this restriction is not legally enforceable.

    It’s kind of nice, though, that we still live in a somewhat high-trust society in which most people abide by these rules. A lot of restaurants and retail have designated parking for people picking up on-line orders, and most people seem to honor these, too. That wouldn’t work in much of the world.

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    "It’s kind of nice, though, that we still live in a somewhat high-trust society in which most people abide by these rules [reserved parking spaces for people with small children]. A lot of restaurants and retail have designated parking for people picking up on-line orders, and most people seem to honor these, too."

    A more cynical explanation is that most people incorrectly believe these parking restrictions are legally enforceable, in the same manner as handicapped parking, rather than mere courtesies.
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  23. @Reactionary Utopian
    A day without an iSteve BikeHate post is like a day without sunshine!

    As a keen cyclist I’m starting to understand how Jews must feel reading this site!

    Maybe he should call us pedal-philes?

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  24. @J.Ross
    Cars teach the irrefutability of phronesis (regardless of legal opinions or statutes, if you've gotta swerve to avoid a collision, then you've gotta swerve). They require responsibility and ownership. They empower, not in the empty way that word is normally used to denote, but absolutely and terrifyingly.
    Guns, marriages, original Constitutional protections, trade skills, small businesses, the free internet, and, to an extent, home ownership all do likewise.
    All these things have one more quality in common: they are violently despised by Bohemian Grovers, talking heads and SXSW trendies, and militated against constantly.
    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.

    Your’s is an excellent comment.

    My bit of support for your thesis. It wasn’t until I built a boat that I took seriously the importance of using intelligence and exercising care in executing every step of the process, from design calculations, to working drawings and sharpening chisels.

    The prospect of floating in deep water with nothing but my craft standing between me and a watery grave sobered me considerably. It was “empowering” in just the sense you use the term, “absolutely and terrifyingly”.

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  25. El Dato says:
    @anonymous
    Mr. Boom, I do not mean to offend, but I truly believe that the anecdote you cite is bullshit.

    Sorry, mate.

    I can confirm that at least some women-on-bike hold the idea that all the momentum can be pumped out of a heavily laden truck as it approaches the pedestrian crossing within less than 20 feet as they ABSOLUTELY INSIST on their moral and legal “right to cross” suddenly and without warning (which may quickly become a “right to a cross” in this case).

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  26. nebulafox says:
    @J.Ross
    Cars teach the irrefutability of phronesis (regardless of legal opinions or statutes, if you've gotta swerve to avoid a collision, then you've gotta swerve). They require responsibility and ownership. They empower, not in the empty way that word is normally used to denote, but absolutely and terrifyingly.
    Guns, marriages, original Constitutional protections, trade skills, small businesses, the free internet, and, to an extent, home ownership all do likewise.
    All these things have one more quality in common: they are violently despised by Bohemian Grovers, talking heads and SXSW trendies, and militated against constantly.
    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.

    The entire agenda of our bipartisan elite-economic, media, and political-, if it can be described as a coherent agenda at all, can be boiled to getting rid of traditional American yeoman independence and replacing it with something more akin to modern neo-feudalism. They differ on the details, not on the essential vision.

    (This coming from a guy who thinks it is depressing as hell that Tanzania is getting high-speed rail before the USA.)

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    26 nebulafox > Tanzania is getting high-speed rail before the USA


    you're a Chinese ralway engineer. Age 45 - at the height of your engineering powers.... but with the badly receeding hairline, the pot belly, the smokers cough.

    Would you prefer to get assigned to Tanzania for a decade, where you're an honorary Mzungu (ie: multiple 17 year old slender firm-titted-big-bootied girlfriends)... or Seattle?
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  27. @Lot
    Electric assist bikes with foot pedals seems to be mostly be ridden by 30-55 aged broken down looking men, about 50/50 white and hispanic. I assume they lost their licenses due to DUI, which in California is a $2500 affair on the first offense between the fines, court costs, and mandatory classes. And more than that if you miss a class or payments or court date.

    We have a whole large class of prole men here in San Diego who will never drive a car legally in the state again because the escalating fines and late fees and collection costs from one DUI.

    There seems to be a boom among fifty-somethings in the UK for electric-assisted bikes. I guess they’re a good thing for the health of the owners as long as they can avoid cars, because you do still have to pedal.

    Non-sporty friends who have them do twelve-mile round trips which they’d never have done on unpowered bikes. They’d have got in the car.

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    I'm pretty fond of my e-bike.
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  28. White males love cars more than anyone. In New York, white men are more likely than others to drive, probably to avoid the close contact that comes with trains and buses. And to retain some control over the situation. White men have no problem paying $50 for parking for a Yankees game or something at Madison Square Garden, even while sacrificing time and convenience.

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  29. midtown says:
    @EdwardM
    Great comment. This is really the core of modern progressivism: an authoritarian undermining of personal autonomy. When your prerogatives to move, work, and consume are eviscerated, it's almost trivial to achieve the final goal of preventing wrong thoughts.

    This is why liberals fetishize mass transit, to get from where they want you to be to where they want you to go. The idea of your own car as an extension of your own autonomy -- aspiration, space, style, freedom of association, freedom of movement -- is anametha to them. The liberal utopia in which everyone lives in centrally-planned, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments is more about these values than about environmental protection or economic efficiency.

    I agree that much of liberalism is about control, but how does mixed-use planning comport with that? Mixed-use is increasing freedom to do with your property as you please. Strictly separated zoning is the beating heart of central planning. As far as TOD goes, being able to conduct your business on foot is the most freeing method of all. Not that you would want to ban cars, but having that option is nice.

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    I'm in favor of mixed-use, and these types of developments are some of the nicest in their cities around the world in my opinion. The market has spoken in some cases. But it's the "planning" part, like the effort in California to force development into this model near subway stations.

    A lot of people prefer to live an exurban lifestyle as opposed to in a pseudo-urban setting, but zoning authorities often disparage and discourage the former.
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  30. @TheBoom

    "Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. "
     
    Yes but in San Francisco affluent neighborhoods many white mothers push their baby carriage out into the street without first looking as to whether it is safe to do so. I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed. Everything seems to be an egocentric power struggle for educated women these days.

    I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed.

    This is so crazy it may well be true.

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  31. The Z Blog says: • Website

    Putting pedestrians and cyclists on the same path is always a bad idea. People tend not to walk in a straight line. They meander all over the path. Groups of people will block the path, walking abreast, rather than in a straight line. Then you have women, who can’t shut up for five minutes to pay attention to their surroundings. Everywhere I have lived that has shared bike paths has featured bike-pedestrian crashes.

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  32. Only a nobody walks in La

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  33. Thea says:

    Isn’t owning a car in NYC extremely expensive and often impractical for ordinary folks? I live in nowheresville, flyover country and even I realize this allows us freedom of transportation that your average Brooklynite could only dream of. For NYC cyclists, the bike is a necessity but for us it is just leisure. Hard to get too worked up at them.

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    How many of the Seinfeld characters own cars on the Upper West Side? Jerry, George, and Kramer, but not Elaine?

    The real life Jerry is obviously a Car Guy. I read an article about how to get his classic Porsche out of his garage under his Manhattan home, he has to execute a 12-point turn. He's rich enough to have a turntable installed for his car, but I suspect he enjoys executing a 12-point turn without scratching his car. He's a precise kind of guy.

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  34. E e says:
    @Farmiddle
    The difference is that a single person usually are at different times, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorist, an inline skater, a parent pushing a baby carriage, etc. So most people want to accomodate all those types of people because most people are all those type of people.

    This recent anti-bike kick you're on is a strange departure from your normal clear thinking.

    I’ve done quite a bit of biking as an adult, but I’ve never been a fan of the spandex types. One thing that made me really lose sympathy for the aggressive cyclists (including myself at certain points in my younger days, for which I hereby apologize) was biking with my child. You’d think that people who really wanted to encourage bicycles would want to encourage more Dutch style family biking. And then, short on Dutch style terrain and infrastructure, I’ve been driving significantly more since I had more than one kid, and the cyclists who were mildly condescending when I was biking with a kid are downright rude and insulting when I’m driving kids around (like, radio on loud enough to partly cover inconsolable crying newborn–sometimes you just gotta get home–windows shut, and I can still hear exactly which swear words he’s shouting at me, just because I’m trying to see traffic before making a left turn. Yes, sir, I’m aware that’s the bike lane. Next time I’ll be sure not to stop in it and just plow you down. Not really, but what does he want?) Anyhow, if we could make all bike advocates Dutch and Danish moms-of-3 I’d be fine with that. Give cycling the cool factor of mom-jeans.

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  35. Barnard says:

    Even after years of walking in our neighborhood, I had never noticed how uneven the sidewalks were until we started pushing a baby stroller on them. You are right about the ADA requirements, it certainly makes pushing the stroller easier. We tried the local bike path once and my wife didn’t care for all the bikes flying past her while she was pushing the stroller.

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    There are bike lobbies and countless other lobbies, but is there a Baby Stroller Lobby (other than manufacturers dealing with regulators)?
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  36. Forbes says:
    @Corn
    “Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. Our culture, though, is strangely oblivious to prioritizing the needs of mothers pushing baby carriages.”

    Gee Steve, are you implying that women should be pushing baby carriages? Let’s just go back to the ‘50s and have a chicken in every pot, a bun in every oven and the patriarchy in control.

    Seriously though, in some ways our society is becoming more dog friendly than child friendly. But that’s another topic we’ve talked about at iSteve....

    I understand–but correct me if I’m wrong–fathers push baby carriages too. But seeing how feminists–in the current year–believe men to be useless and disposable, at best, prioritizing women’s needs seems the PC way…

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  37. @Farmiddle
    The difference is that a single person usually are at different times, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorist, an inline skater, a parent pushing a baby carriage, etc. So most people want to accomodate all those types of people because most people are all those type of people.

    This recent anti-bike kick you're on is a strange departure from your normal clear thinking.

    Hey no fair it’s my ox getting gored. Stick to NAMs.

    [email protected]$k this attitude on the alt right. It’s proponents like JackD are some of the most selfish cynical people around.

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    Fair point, though I'm definitely not remotely part of the alt-right. Most of my news comes from the msm. I use Sailer for a counter perspective. That's about the extent of my visitation to this site, which can be downright scary at times.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    It’s proponents like JackD are some of the most selfish cynical people around.
     
    Do you speak English? Because you don't write English.
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  38. Cars Are White Males, Bikes Are Billionaires, Pedestrians Are Nobodies

    Now I’m wondering who would be the illegal immigrants of traffic.

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  39. Forbes says:
    @J.Ross
    Cars teach the irrefutability of phronesis (regardless of legal opinions or statutes, if you've gotta swerve to avoid a collision, then you've gotta swerve). They require responsibility and ownership. They empower, not in the empty way that word is normally used to denote, but absolutely and terrifyingly.
    Guns, marriages, original Constitutional protections, trade skills, small businesses, the free internet, and, to an extent, home ownership all do likewise.
    All these things have one more quality in common: they are violently despised by Bohemian Grovers, talking heads and SXSW trendies, and militated against constantly.
    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.

    The American of the future that these people want will never cause any trouble because he will have no idea how.

    Because his soul will be dead. And there will be, literally, nothing worth living for. All gain and no pain–the elimination of risk reduces human existence to numbness, for there is nothing to experience.

    Adults will be as helpless children (and we seem to be approaching that) as without risk, there is no responsibility. With all choices removed, there will be no volition, no motivation or incentive to act.

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  40. Forbes says:
    @Lot
    Electric assist bikes with foot pedals seems to be mostly be ridden by 30-55 aged broken down looking men, about 50/50 white and hispanic. I assume they lost their licenses due to DUI, which in California is a $2500 affair on the first offense between the fines, court costs, and mandatory classes. And more than that if you miss a class or payments or court date.

    We have a whole large class of prole men here in San Diego who will never drive a car legally in the state again because the escalating fines and late fees and collection costs from one DUI.

    In NYC, e-bikes are used for take-out food delivery–and dominate the now plentiful bike lanes constructed under Nanny Bloomberg. Meanwhile the CitiBike rental users haphazardly mix in vehicle traffic. Neither of whom appear to give a whit about yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks or obeying one-way traffic–says this diligent cyclist.

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  41. Forbes says:
    @Impolitic
    For the large majority of the way south of 72nd street, pedestrians have their own, separate path. Anyone on the Greenway with a baby carriage is jogging with it. For the most part the problems are cyclist-cyclist and cyclist-rollerblader. These have been made worse, as the article describes, by the Jersey barriers, and will be made still worse by the bollards. It's amazing to me how these liberal cities can simultaneously believe that Muslims are not terrorist threats and also that they need to curtail their citizens' lives to protect them from Muslim terrorism.

    It’s amazing to me how these liberal cities can simultaneously believe that Muslims are not terrorist threats and also that they need to curtail their citizens’ lives to protect them from Muslim terrorism.

    Bingo. The barriers and bollards erected all around the city, building security enhancements (ID checks and authorized admission), Broad St in front of the NYSE closed off, and myriad precautions taken in the years following 9/11–all to convince the public that Islam is a religion of peace.

    Professional-level cognitive dissonance.

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  42. prosa123 says: • Website
    @EdwardM

    Nice idea, however unlike the case with handicapped parking this restriction is not legally enforceable.
     
    It's kind of nice, though, that we still live in a somewhat high-trust society in which most people abide by these rules. A lot of restaurants and retail have designated parking for people picking up on-line orders, and most people seem to honor these, too. That wouldn't work in much of the world.

    “It’s kind of nice, though, that we still live in a somewhat high-trust society in which most people abide by these rules [reserved parking spaces for people with small children]. A lot of restaurants and retail have designated parking for people picking up on-line orders, and most people seem to honor these, too.”

    A more cynical explanation is that most people incorrectly believe these parking restrictions are legally enforceable, in the same manner as handicapped parking, rather than mere courtesies.

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  43. Mike1 says:
    @TheBoom

    "Baby carriages strike me as the mode of conveyance that ought to rank first in terms of need for safety and deference. "
     
    Yes but in San Francisco affluent neighborhoods many white mothers push their baby carriage out into the street without first looking as to whether it is safe to do so. I asked one white woman why they did this and she said pedestrians have the right of way so mothers should never look even if it means the kid is killed. Everything seems to be an egocentric power struggle for educated women these days.

    Your last sentence seems accurate but the story seems like nonsense. San Francisco is actively hostile to people with children: people make nasty comments as you walk down the street and it is not unusual to have motorists drive at you. A parent that acted like this actually would have their kid die in that city.
    To Steve’s point it is amazing how being 1/4 inch wrong in your bathroom sink height will trigger a lawsuit from a legal troll that specializes in working over small businesses but parents have nowhere to change diapers. I never realized this until I had kids but where on earth are you supposed to do a diaper change: on the table where you are dining?! The hostility from many officials at airports is truly amazing.
    Political leaders and the financial world are starting to freak out (see Germany etc) that birth rates are way below replacement but parenting is really punished in the West.

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  44. @anonymous
    Mr. Boom, I do not mean to offend, but I truly believe that the anecdote you cite is bullshit.

    Sorry, mate.

    I don’t know about women with baby carriages, but I do know that when I was in college it was a very common assumption especially among females that any pedestrian could walk anywhere without looking simply because pedestrians legally had the right of way. I also know that women drivers feel they should have the right of way on pretty much all occasions, whether they legally do or not.

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  45. @YetAnotherAnon
    There seems to be a boom among fifty-somethings in the UK for electric-assisted bikes. I guess they're a good thing for the health of the owners as long as they can avoid cars, because you do still have to pedal.

    Non-sporty friends who have them do twelve-mile round trips which they'd never have done on unpowered bikes. They'd have got in the car.

    I’m pretty fond of my e-bike.

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  46. Here is a map of NYC bike lanes.. zoom in on Manhattan:

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/bikemaps.shtml

    notice something? The UES, where the elite live, has no bike lanes running through it…

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  47. El Dato says:
    @ThreeCranes
    Your's is an excellent comment.

    My bit of support for your thesis. It wasn't until I built a boat that I took seriously the importance of using intelligence and exercising care in executing every step of the process, from design calculations, to working drawings and sharpening chisels.

    The prospect of floating in deep water with nothing but my craft standing between me and a watery grave sobered me considerably. It was "empowering" in just the sense you use the term, "absolutely and terrifyingly".

    Want your kid to get a dose of life? A two-week sailing boat tour with a good skipper (one who knows his trade rather than a reconverto-skipper – got one who has worked on three-masters, he was the One Who Knew The Knots and has Command Authority) will help.

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  48. PSR says:

    Ad a cyclist and walker on common-use paths I have to say I’ve seen far fewer reckless cyclists than I’ve seen careless walkers/runners with ear buds or on their phones, paying absolutely no attention to who else is around them.

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  49. @prosa123
    In some parking lots, especially supermarkets, there are close-in parking spaces with signs reserving them for parents with small children. Nice idea, however unlike the case with handicapped parking this restriction is not legally enforceable.

    It's rather uncommon to see people in wheelchairs using handicapped parking spaces. More commonly the users are old people or extremely fat people.

    It’s rather uncommon to see people in wheelchairs using handicapped parking spaces. More commonly the users are old people or extremely fat people.

    That’s very true. I might have a larger sample size of observation than most, because I’m one of the fat people parking in one of the handicapped spots. At least I have to use a cane, so people don’t actually throw things at me. (It’s the ones that show no outward sign of disability at all that learn dodging skills.)

    Although of course they assume I use the cane because I’m fat. None of them know (how could they?) that a car accident and then cancer messed up my back and knees quite a bit, hence the cane. Gaining weight due to lack of mobility over the years, well, I’m just a weak-willed scum, obviously.

    But really, it’s okay, I’m well used to the looks of distain I get when I park somewhere and shuffle into a building, as well as the comments made when they think, falsely, that I’m out of hearing range. After all, I’m a fat white male — the hate trifecta!

    I’ve thought of dressing like a Nazi some Halloween, but that would just be gilding the lily.

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  50. Farmiddle says:
    @Sam Haysom
    Hey no fair it's my ox getting gored. Stick to NAMs.


    [email protected]$k this attitude on the alt right. It's proponents like JackD are some of the most selfish cynical people around.

    Fair point, though I’m definitely not remotely part of the alt-right. Most of my news comes from the msm. I use Sailer for a counter perspective. That’s about the extent of my visitation to this site, which can be downright scary at times.

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    Most of my news comes from the msm. I use Sailer for a counter perspective. That’s about the extent of my visitation to this site, which can be downright scary at times.
     
    From the msm? That is fake news. What is scary is that you think it is news.
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  51. Karl says:

    iSteve > The politics of this in New York

    i have to wonder if iSteve has done any actual in-person viewing of New York backroom politics.

    No need to go there, iSteve. Because we have an infestation of NewYorkJewDirtyPolitics right here in the small city of Bet Shemesh. Deputy Mayors getting arrested by the Fraud Squad, rabbinical judges putting biblical curses on rival judges etc. The whole megilla.

    About 35 minutes from the Jerusalem Central Bus Station.

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  52. Karl says:
    @nebulafox
    The entire agenda of our bipartisan elite-economic, media, and political-, if it can be described as a coherent agenda at all, can be boiled to getting rid of traditional American yeoman independence and replacing it with something more akin to modern neo-feudalism. They differ on the details, not on the essential vision.

    (This coming from a guy who thinks it is depressing as hell that Tanzania is getting high-speed rail before the USA.)

    26 nebulafox > Tanzania is getting high-speed rail before the USA

    you’re a Chinese ralway engineer. Age 45 – at the height of your engineering powers…. but with the badly receeding hairline, the pot belly, the smokers cough.

    Would you prefer to get assigned to Tanzania for a decade, where you’re an honorary Mzungu (ie: multiple 17 year old slender firm-titted-big-bootied girlfriends)… or Seattle?

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  53. A few years ago a car travelling on the Scajaquada Expressway, that winds through Buffalo’s Olmstead designed Delaware Park, jumped the curb, travelled maybe a 100 feet and struck a young boy in a stroller being pushed by his mother. The boy was killed and I can’t imagine the lifetime of grief his mother will endure. The driver was not impaired but simply fell asleep at the wheel. That section of parkway had, unbelievably, no guardrail between the 55 mph road and the walkway. The Expressway now has guardrails, yeah lock the barn door, and the speed has been reduced to a very heavily patrolled 30 mph. A new plan is proposed to turn the Scajaquada into a greenway with shared surface for cars, bikes and pedestrians. Urban planners seem to miss messages when designing their projects. A few hundred feet of guardrails and no tragedy. Pedestrians, bikes and cars all on the same road surface who knows, maybe mayhem.

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  54. @Barnard
    Even after years of walking in our neighborhood, I had never noticed how uneven the sidewalks were until we started pushing a baby stroller on them. You are right about the ADA requirements, it certainly makes pushing the stroller easier. We tried the local bike path once and my wife didn't care for all the bikes flying past her while she was pushing the stroller.

    There are bike lobbies and countless other lobbies, but is there a Baby Stroller Lobby (other than manufacturers dealing with regulators)?

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  55. @Thea
    Isn’t owning a car in NYC extremely expensive and often impractical for ordinary folks? I live in nowheresville, flyover country and even I realize this allows us freedom of transportation that your average Brooklynite could only dream of. For NYC cyclists, the bike is a necessity but for us it is just leisure. Hard to get too worked up at them.

    How many of the Seinfeld characters own cars on the Upper West Side? Jerry, George, and Kramer, but not Elaine?

    The real life Jerry is obviously a Car Guy. I read an article about how to get his classic Porsche out of his garage under his Manhattan home, he has to execute a 12-point turn. He’s rich enough to have a turntable installed for his car, but I suspect he enjoys executing a 12-point turn without scratching his car. He’s a precise kind of guy.

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    Jerry did have a bike in his apartment. Presumably he road it occasionally.
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  56. @Sam Haysom
    Hey no fair it's my ox getting gored. Stick to NAMs.


    [email protected]$k this attitude on the alt right. It's proponents like JackD are some of the most selfish cynical people around.

    It’s proponents like JackD are some of the most selfish cynical people around.

    Do you speak English? Because you don’t write English.

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  57. @Farmiddle
    Fair point, though I'm definitely not remotely part of the alt-right. Most of my news comes from the msm. I use Sailer for a counter perspective. That's about the extent of my visitation to this site, which can be downright scary at times.

    Most of my news comes from the msm. I use Sailer for a counter perspective. That’s about the extent of my visitation to this site, which can be downright scary at times.

    From the msm? That is fake news. What is scary is that you think it is news.

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    There's a difference between fake and biased.
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  58. Farmiddle says:
    @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    Most of my news comes from the msm. I use Sailer for a counter perspective. That’s about the extent of my visitation to this site, which can be downright scary at times.
     
    From the msm? That is fake news. What is scary is that you think it is news.

    There’s a difference between fake and biased.

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  59. Farmiddle says:
    @Steve Sailer
    How many of the Seinfeld characters own cars on the Upper West Side? Jerry, George, and Kramer, but not Elaine?

    The real life Jerry is obviously a Car Guy. I read an article about how to get his classic Porsche out of his garage under his Manhattan home, he has to execute a 12-point turn. He's rich enough to have a turntable installed for his car, but I suspect he enjoys executing a 12-point turn without scratching his car. He's a precise kind of guy.

    Jerry did have a bike in his apartment. Presumably he road it occasionally.

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  60. Olorin says:
    @anonymous
    Mr. Boom, I do not mean to offend, but I truly believe that the anecdote you cite is bullshit.

    Sorry, mate.

    I’ve seen Mr. B’s scenario more times than I can count.

    Down in downtown Olympia, Washington’s state capital, I once witnessed a four-car fendersmash when one of the local tattooed Trustafarian types shoved her pram out into traffic at a crosswalk without even looking, and–bonus points–she was on a freakin’ skateboard and moving fast.

    Once in Berkeley at Cedar and Shattuck I saw one of the bleach-blonde salon tanned runner moms do something similar, with one of those pricey runner’s prams then the extreme in fashion among women for whom children were the ultimate lifestyle accoutrement. In that case just one car was damaged as it jumped the curb and hit I don’t recall what since I was scootling to render aid to the airbag-stunned driver.

    That’s just two of ‘em.

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  61. EdwardM says:
    @midtown
    I agree that much of liberalism is about control, but how does mixed-use planning comport with that? Mixed-use is increasing freedom to do with your property as you please. Strictly separated zoning is the beating heart of central planning. As far as TOD goes, being able to conduct your business on foot is the most freeing method of all. Not that you would want to ban cars, but having that option is nice.

    I’m in favor of mixed-use, and these types of developments are some of the nicest in their cities around the world in my opinion. The market has spoken in some cases. But it’s the “planning” part, like the effort in California to force development into this model near subway stations.

    A lot of people prefer to live an exurban lifestyle as opposed to in a pseudo-urban setting, but zoning authorities often disparage and discourage the former.

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  62. Anonymous[170] • Disclaimer says:
    @EdwardM
    Great comment. This is really the core of modern progressivism: an authoritarian undermining of personal autonomy. When your prerogatives to move, work, and consume are eviscerated, it's almost trivial to achieve the final goal of preventing wrong thoughts.

    This is why liberals fetishize mass transit, to get from where they want you to be to where they want you to go. The idea of your own car as an extension of your own autonomy -- aspiration, space, style, freedom of association, freedom of movement -- is anametha to them. The liberal utopia in which everyone lives in centrally-planned, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments is more about these values than about environmental protection or economic efficiency.

    The left likes centralised mass transit systems because they allow labor unions to paralyse entire cities or countries at a moment’s warning.

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