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Public Review Set To Begin For San Diego Trolley Extension Project

"overspend on infrastructure that could well be obsolete in the future" <-- Have you seen gas prices lately? Do you think they're going to drop again? Ever? Our giant freeways will be obsolete long before rail.

You joke about flying cars, but self-driving cars are on the horizon, and they will require far less road space, since computers will be far better drivers than humans.

May 16, 2013 at 11:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand Jury Report: San Diego Needs To Be More Bike-Friendly

Why pay someone to sit in a spin class when I can work out for free, and get myself to and from work at the same time?

I don't know where you set the bar for "all the health benefits of cycling," but I did 2 hours of cardio while commuting. How long was your class?

May 16, 2013 at 11:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand Jury Report: San Diego Needs To Be More Bike-Friendly

I don't think transportation is what's weighing down Europe's economy. But if you want us to not spend the money to modernize our infrastructure, then I recommend you become comfortable with sharing the road with bicycles.

Consider it your own little contribution to austerity.

May 16, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand Jury Report: San Diego Needs To Be More Bike-Friendly

Now, if San Diego were to build modern bicycle infrastructure--like what you find in Europe--there wouldn't be a question of whether bicyclists should act like pedestrians or drivers, because it'd be obvious that they should act like bicyclists. European transportation infrastructure recognizes that bicycles are a third thing and need their own space separate from sidewalks and automobile lanes (at least on major roads--they still share low-speed neighborhood streets). They also design intersections to handle bicycles, typically with their own light phase.

Since bicycles aren't going away, and your'e adamant that they shouldn't use the roads like vehicles, I suggest you advocate for this kind of modern improvement to our roads.

May 16, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand Jury Report: San Diego Needs To Be More Bike-Friendly

I don't claim bicycles are exactly like cars in every way. However, it is safer to ride like a slow-moving vehicle than like a fast-moving pedestrian. For instance, the rule for lane selection on a bicycle is to use the rightmost lane which serves your destination. "Rightmost" because you are typically going slower than traffic. But "serves your destination" means you shouldn't be going straight in a right-turn only lane (or you'll get right-hooked), and you shouldn't make left turns from the right side of the road (or you'll get hit any number of different ways).

http://www.bicycling.com/training-nut...

May 16, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand Jury Report: San Diego Needs To Be More Bike-Friendly

And cars are much faster and cause greater danger to others. So?

May 16, 2013 at 9:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grand Jury Report: San Diego Needs To Be More Bike-Friendly

"going into the middle of the lane to turn left, riding through an intersection instead of using a crosswalk and waiting for a pedestrian signal" <-- These are exactly the right behaviors for a cyclist, and I say that as a nationally certified bicycle safety instructor. Our built environment was designed to favor vehicles, so the safest way to ride a bike is like you would operate any other vehicle.

http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/ed...

May 16, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cyclists Battle Over Bike Lanes

John Forester opposing bike lanes is like a taekwondo world champion who argues that we don't need police, we just need to teach people self-defense.

March 6, 2012 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )