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enobacon

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#bollard aficionado, #Engineer in training, #banCars (seriously, not seriously, but seriously)

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the 13yo told me about "cve-rs allows you to introduce common memory vulnerabilities (such as buffer overflows and segfaults) into your Rust program in a memory safe manner..." 😂

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The city could also just fail and people leave, traffic solved, bikes work fine again -- that's the one other way.

It's the one ted's going for, I'm sure of it.

enobacon, (edited ) to random
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#30daysOfBiking carried partner and kid home from after-school errands on the xtracycle. Really should be taking the tandem+trailerbike as better able to carry them both but partner doesn't like the forced pedaling of being chained to my crank. 10yo kid prefers the supercargo, like an absolute princess, but I don't have a great rear seat (footrests) arrangement for partner on that. 🤔 Maybe there's a madsen with electric stoker treadles in my future. Or xtracycle the edgerunner...

enobacon,
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@Karstan it's so flexible with the chromoly stays, you would probably need the platform to be lateral/torsional stiffening maybe with some suspension builtin. It really waggles when loaded much behind the axle

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@Karstan I already need to grind the sharpened spikes off from the pedal strikes (they keep knifing my shins), would need suspension fork and somehow lifting the back to get that spindle higher.

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enobacon, to random
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anxiety and depression as interview skills...

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For 10 years, as San Francisco leaders touted an ambitious Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities, police eased back on ticketing drivers.

Citations plummeted, from 12,444 in March 2014 to 336 in December 2023, according to city records.

The numbers are so stark that some frustrated observers wondered if officers had retreated from a fundamental part of their job, giving people the impression that road rage or speeding would go unpunished.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/sf-traffic-ticket-decline-data-19383950.php

enobacon,
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@jef traffic enforcement is not something most cops want to do, vision zero was supposed to automate it (probably still need live traffic agents, but not armed and no-stop issuing citations by mail would scale better than cops with guns)

But VZ was also supposed to come with infrastructure and road diets 🙃 not much of a commitment if we didn't change anything.

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Anniversary blog post from 2008: If pork and patronage corrupt elections, could we outbid the patronage machine?

In retrospect, I think we'd just wind up with a revolving door system, but it was an interesting thought experiment!

https://capntransit.blogspot.com/2008/04/poisoning-well.html

enobacon,
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@capntransit basic income + public campaign finance would dramatically expand the pool of who is able to run. Sortition and participatory budgeting give more of a jury-like representation so it's harder to buy influence.

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Every vendor booth at RSA this year:

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enobacon,
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@spaf I'm sure it will keep your data secure and easy to access at low cost and high performance

benfulton, to cycling

Philadelphia: Activists partied to stop cars from parking in bike lanes

This story is depressing for its implicit assumption that churchgoers have no way to attend church if they don't drive cars. Sure, "Some are elderly with mobility challenges while others are young families" but that implies that some are not. Can they carpool? Take the bus? Ride bikes?

https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/philly-bike-protest-church-parking-20240414.html

enobacon,
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@benfulton "where would Jesus park?" 😂

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Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Due To Car Being A Big Piece Of Shit That Doesn’t Work 🤣 https://defector.com/cybertruck-deliveries-halted-due-to-car-being-a-big-piece-of-shit-that-doesnt-work

enobacon,
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"accelerator pedal cover slides off and gets stuck under a panel and locks the accelerator pressed down" #Cybertruck

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"Notice also how there are dedicated transit lanes in the middle but despite all of the space, there's only one lane for cars in each direction. And the only time it gets wider is when turning lanes are necessary. That's how you do it, people." @notjustbikes

https://youtube.com/watch?v=g0F_hTGYa0Y&t=260

enobacon,
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@mculbertson there seemed to be several workers using it so maybe they needed it for worksite logistics. Traffic and connectivity to get from one side to the other by car could take a while.

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The idea that you can have transit extend the range of walking distance without embracing bikes as a transportation utility, in the sprawling american suburbs, is just delusional. But it's the delusion that most of our city budgets and plans are built on. Biking in Portland is faster than walking+transit for most values of A to B but I can nearly guarantee you need to elbow your way through car traffic somewhere on that trip. Land use and transit need bikes for glue.

https://youtu.be/UXCl3_Xq21I?t=2594

enobacon,
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Here's an example from southwest Portland to Sherwood - 11.5 miles but 15.2mi by bike unless you're willing to bike on and similarly hostile conditions, then it's 11.5 and might take 45min or less with an e-bike / 28mph downhill through Tigard. Why can't the bus do it in 30? (Because nobody wants to bike on or around Barbur enough to allow for less-frequent stops or even express buses.)

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We talk about bikes a lot, spend money on transit somewhat, but at the end of the day, we give most of the money to ODOT and looks like this to most people.

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I mean, somebody at ODOT should just get fired for every single day that google maps refuses to route bikes down this block of Barbur, what is wrong with you people?

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ten control points later (google really wants to get you off Barbur) I can say it's 11.6 miles, 440ft up, 656ft down, maybe 40min on a fast e-bike, i.e. half the time it takes to bus there or ride the confusing windy hilly back way to avoid cars. Half. Give us the bus lane road diets dammit.

enobacon,
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I'm not saying everybody is going to ride 30mph down Barbur on any kind of protected infrastructure, but it definitely better be wider than 6ft between curbs, and if bikes aren't allowed to do 30 then why is the car lane posted so high? The infrastructure needs to adjust on both sides but we need e-bikes to be competitive with driving in terms of time and also comfort. Maybe velomobile/scooter as a design vehicle is the thing we need to aim for in this moment though, in recovering .

enobacon,
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Which, if we re-purpose the outside lanes of all four-lane , as bus/turn-only lanes along a painted bike lane, the traffic is much calmer, you can photo-enforce with cameras already on the bus, you can ride pretty fast even in a velomobile and maybe never have a bus pass you, would need some floating bus stops to avoid that stop conflict. We could gradually get rid of stops too, eventually fully separated bikeway in some places, actually complete low-stress bike network in the meantime.

enobacon,
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@pleaseclap there's actually a lot of good reasons beyond and for cities to invest in bikes as , geometrically the needs more density because multi-level streets for cars are extraordinarily expensive and we've maxed out the drive-and-park model that much of the US grew and developed under. so the only way out of traffic , also solves , is viable alternatives to driving, is bikes

enobacon,
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@pleaseclap and not just "bikes may use full lane" but like imagine a real network where someone's elderly parents wouldn't all scoff at you if you suggested they could bike a couple miles, or that a kid could go on her own at 8yo across the neighborhood. And I think the only way US cities can afford to reach all of the other goals in urbanism/transit is to start with (e-)bikes. The city could also just fail and people leave, traffic solved, bikes work fine again -- that's the one other way.

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@pleaseclap and I didn't even bikes making the city a buck or two richer with every mile instead of 10x as much poorer that cars do, but you know all this I think. I'll stop. I get your point on govts just sucking at it though, some of that needs technical reform in the voting/elections/representation, participatory budgetting...

enobacon,
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@pleaseclap yeah at this point though it is more like picking a lock, we have to figure out what movements are possible in policy and elected positions, and which sequence of changes unlocks the action of actually changing, and iterating toward an urbanist density. Some is bike lane design, some is bike tech, some is political mechanisms. Cities may have to gradually learn that they need to scrap the current cars-first plans and that whole project delivery model.

scottsthoughts, to cycling
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Every time I drive in the city, I am further radicalized against cars. Had to carry a load that was slightly too challenging for the cargo bike for a job tonight… and now I’m looking at bike trailers (for the cargo bike).

Anyway I’m now taking cargo trailer recommendations and tips & tricks!#BikeTooter #FuckCars

enobacon,
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@scottsthoughts I have the kid hauler trailer no longer being used but have been wishing for some kit to attach to an aluminum ladder to make it like a light duty version of the "bikes at work" trailer using the wheels and tow bar parts from the burley. Bonus is then I have a ladder with me after I unload and optionally remove the wheels. So far I've been getting by with telescoping ladder and a bakfiets though.

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If you follow me and wonder why I haven’t been posting, I’m going through some health stuff right now and I’m pretty depressed about it. Until I have surgery (in two months, and then two months of recovery) I have to severely limit my activity so I’m inside sitting around all the time instead of being active and enjoying the spring like I should. I’m being involuntarily checked out of a big chunk of 2024. ☹️

enobacon,
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@aaroncorsi bummer. If you're able to passenger/stoker without risking injury or pain, and/or looking for any suggestions from hardware or engineering to get out more, feel free to DM or whatever. The adaptive biketown program is great if you need a trike or various setups to work around injury or pain problems, recumbent, handcycle, etc, there's a trike/bike for it. The limit of the adaptive bike solutions would be any jostling or bump sensitivity vs the plush suspension of a weighty car.

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