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  •  Cars do turn you into an asshole (none)
    I'm a daily bike commuter (sold my car 5 years ago), but when I drive a rental in another city, I turn into a raging idiot just like all the rest of them. It's the protection of being surrounded by steel that gives you that feeling of power. It plays into America's most important social problem, alienation.

    Lower your blood pressure. Take the bus or a bike. You just might meet your neighbors.

    •  I agree (4.00)
      I try to ride my bike whenever I can, but when its storming out I will drive. And when I do I drive like a jerk, just like everyone else.

      "In her mercy, history anesthetizes those whom she intends to destroy." -Leon Trotsky

      by gjohnsit on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 09:52:05 AM PST

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    •  not me. (none)
      I left my bike commuting days behind six years ago.  I've got kids now so it isn't likely I'll be back on two wheels anytime soon.

      What bike riding taught me:

      Don't get into an accident.
      You get to see car accidents up close.  Even fender benders are a huge PITA and anything more could leave you carless for weeks.  

      There are telltales for jerk drivers, distracted drivers or drivers-who-don't-signal.
      Stay away from these clowns since they are accidents waiting to happen.  

      Better the jerks be in front than behind.  
      Let the jerk tailgating you get in front.  At least that way you can see what they are up to.

      Almost every stoplight is timed.
      The timing may vary with time of day and day of the week, but they have predictable patterns.  Braking wastes fuel.  My husband's highway driving mpg is about 3mpg above my city driving mpg.  Just pathetic, really. (damn, I'm good!)

      We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

      by Fabian on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 01:16:42 PM PST

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