[TriLUG] [OT] TriLUGger on the news
turnpike420 at gmail.com
Mon May 21 09:34:43 EDT 2007
riding in the rain must suck.
jerempy says you can take your bike on the trains in Sidney, I think
that's awesome!! :)
On 5/21/07, tomed at bellsouth.net <tomed at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> In areas like this, where sprawl is maximal and public transport is
> minimal, the combination of bicycling and bus has a lot of synergy.
> Both modes mitigate each other's deficiencies: transit will carry
> you and your bike through heavy traffic, and when the busses aren't
> running, traffic tends to be light.
> Attacking sprawl with a bike, though, takes a lot more physical
> strength and stamina than what most people have. It was a real shock
> to my system when I started. Discouraging at first. Developing more
> S&S, though, has turned out to be the biggest benefit of all - much
> more important than financial savings.
> Tom Ed
> At Mon, 21 May 2007 08:40:41 -0400,
> Magnus wrote:
> > Glenn Hennessee wrote:
> > > If we spent on mass transit at the same
> > > level that we do on roads and airports we would have a mass transit
> > > system that would be better than any other in the world.
> > The geology of North Carolina probably precludes it from having a mass
> > transit system on par with the major cities of the world REGARDLESS of
> > how much is spent. Ever notice almost none of the homes around here
> > have basements? It's one of the first things us relocated yankees tend
> > to notice when shopping for a house in the Triangle.
> > Having a world class mass transit system depends on having a subway
> > running through the city itself. Our cities don't have very dense urban
> > centers. We get a few buildings taller than four stories clumped
> > together but the rest is just sprawl.
> > Early city planners completely failed. The City Council in Durham
> > actually made things worse, not better, throughout the 3 decades
> > following WW2 as they tore down historic buildings and went from dense
> > pedestrian-friendly urban streetscapes to having open plazas and parking
> > lots all over. They also eliminated their streetcar system many years ago.
> > As bad as our sprawl is, light rail was probably our best hope for a
> > mass transit backbone. We will see Duke Nukem Forever before we see
> > regional rail here.
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