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Jan 20
Citation thread, for the haters and the lovers alike.

How we pay for roads: usa.streetsblog.org/2015/11/25/its…

Cars cause most climate pollution: vox.com/energy-and-env…

Drivers are the leading kid killer: npr.org/sections/goats… Crashes cost us a quarter trillion dollars per year: crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Vie…

Car pollution kills 50,000 people in the US per year: news.mit.edu/2013/study-air…
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Jan 19
One thing drivers do, if they're committed to their dissonance about cars, is point out small, trivial errors.

For example, I made the statement "cars are the leading killers of children on earth" -- but actually, this is only true for children between ages of 5 - 19.

Gotcha!! I of course did not mean to erase the world's toddlers, or the challenges of overcoming malaria, dysentery, etc.

But if you're born in the USA you are still more likely to be killed by a driver than anything else before the age of ~ 40.

That said ...
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Jan 19
Having done my best to piss off a lot of people on this website one thing that stands out is how people who are accustomed to driving their car everywhere have never even really given car culture any thought.

Like, no part of it. People don't know how roads are paid for -- or that their taxes don't cover them. People don't know driving is the leading cause of climate pollution in the US. People don't know cars are the leading killer of children on earth, and leading cause of hospitalization for all humans
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Jan 18
Among the many reasons that vehicle weight taxes are good is, carmakers are planning to replace 5,000 pound gasoline SUVs with 8,000 pound battery/electric ones and, as usual, stick us with the bill for the increased deaths and road damage.

Nope. Pay for that shit yourselves. I've been arguing for ~ 15 years all road users should pay taxes proportionate to road impact -- as long as it's based on physics.

So, for example, biklings should pay $1 per year for wear and tear we cause roads -- if drivers pay $17,000 per year. streets.mn/2016/07/07/cha…
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Jan 18
This is the best argument for safe streets I’ve ever read.

“Despite the common misperception that Slow Streets are designed for athletic ‘tech bro’ bikers, they aren’t the ones who benefit most. It is people like me who need more space to feel safe.” sfchronicle.com/opinion/openfo… “Rather than taking away transportation options from seniors and mobility impaired people like me, Slow Streets offer us new, healthier possibilities.”

Dear drivers, they’re not your god damn streets, they being to us all and your time monopolizing and dominating them is over.
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Jan 14
electric vehicle advocates are basically assuming they'll be able to convince a ~ billion gasoline SUV drivers in 2030 to retire their SUVs early and drop ~ $25,000 on a new electric vehicle "because it's better" The more likely scenario is, taxpayers will be forced to give SUV drivers $25 trillion in "cash for clunkers" programs.

Hell, Bernie Sanders proposed this exact approach two years ago -- $2 trillion in handouts to the for-profit capitalist car industry!

"climate action"
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Jan 14
Honestly, these things are always impossible to see in the moment but I abso-fucking-lutely guarantee that the humans of 2122 will view the car industry (which will have been nuked from outer space -- just to be sure) as the single worst villain in the history of humanity. What's wild about this, is cars are *just about* single-handedly responsible for failure on climate because of where they sit in the ecosystem of pollution sources.

This is not just about gasoline.
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Jan 14
"Global SUV sales have proven resilient throughout the pandemic, growing by over 10% between 2020 and 2021. In 2021, SUVs are on course to account for more than 45% of global car sales – setting a new record in terms of both volume and market share." iea.org/commentaries/g… let's keep arguing over parking everybody
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Jan 12
One reason to generally* avoid engaging left-NIMBYs/vacancy truthers is not just it's a time suck & they're acting in bad faith (which, true) -- they don't even bother to check if their claims are accurate.

For example, vacancies are at historic lows.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… While it's problematic when NIMBY lies cross over into actual policy discussions, this generally only happens with policy makers who are *themselves* already NIMBYs and appreciate the legwork left-NIMBYs do in providing them with right-wing talking points in "lefty-ish" language.
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Jan 12
I have to admit, I kind of expected the inflation discourse to be more sophisticated than it is. I was naive.

If rising rents and used car prices are the biggest factors, but inflation scolds win higher interest rates, we're kind of doomed. Rising rents: This began pre-pandemic, and when the pandemic shut down homebuilding, pushed the housing shortage over the cliff. Approximately zero inflation scolds are calling for land use reform.

Used cars: Lack of housing near jobs/transit is forcing people to drive further.
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Jan 5
One year ago today, Confederate traitors prepared to rekindle a war they never stopped fighting.

White Americans who’ve never been exposed to real red-state/American Taliban sentiment tend to not believe those of us who’ve lived/seen it.

They’ve been gaslighting us 30 years. In 1989 I moved to Colorado Springs from Washington, DC for school. My childhood was purely progressive: Protests against apartheid at the South African embassy; constant protests against Reagan’s “friendly fascism” — I thought that was what America was like.
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Jan 4
I don't spend much time on LinkedIn but every now and then I check it out. Up til ~ 5 years ago, I worked mostly in clean energy/utility/climate policy & related fields. I came to housing as a natural outgrowth of that -- it's the key missing link in climate policy, bar none. So I'm always shocked to go catch up on some LinkedIn threads and see the number of clean energy professionals who are just totally hardcore NIMBYs -- almost always, wealthy, white, suburban professionals who are all in on solar but think zoning reform is a neoliberal conspiracy.
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Jan 3
One thing you can say about white people who live in segregated, car-oriented neighborhoods is, since they only see white people on bicycles, they think only white people ride bicycles. This is called the availability heuristic and it is a classic error of judgment.
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Nov 24, 2021
Them: "There's no more room here for housing, people have to go somewhere else"

Us: [points to 85-acre freeway interchange built with tax dollars on land stolen from Black/brown owners and given to car industry]

Them: "That's, uh, ours, we ... uh, we stole it fair and square." Us: “Pardon us while we steal it the fuck back.”
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Nov 24, 2021
I remember that time a pedestrian followed another pedestrian home for standing on the wrong side of the escalator and also shot them to death, this is just a part of being human that can't be avoided I was once cut off by a cyclist at a stop sign and found them via face recognition technology, went to their house, and poured rat poison in their main water supply. as one does
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Nov 23, 2021
who wants to tell them "you'll never get Americans out of their cars" perhaps, but might not be necessary, cars are well on their way to driving Americans out of their minds
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Nov 23, 2021
Given the direction of car industry, it would be useful IMO to develop a suite of technologies pedestrians & other uncarred humans can use to disable/otherwise neutralize the deadly weaponry they’re building into products.

For example, a Skydio follow-drone w/ grenade launcher. If a violent drivist — whether robotic or human — gets within a defined perimeter, the drone sends a warning text message: “You have 1 second to cease operations” and then fires a grenade to protect its owner.

Other drone solutions could include EM pulse guns to shut down motors
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Nov 22, 2021
The Explorer is not the deadliest weapon offered in the Ford arsenal. With a curb weight of 5,000 pounds, it generates 350 horsepower and has a top speed of 150 miles per hour — fast, but not Ford’s top-performing product in the “built to kill” category. For more serious anti-personnel use, most Americans prefer the F-150 — also the top-selling weapon in the USA.

This beast cranks 450 horsepower, a top speed of 165 mph with a weight of nearly 6,000 pounds, and, for many models, a bone-crushing grill height of nearly 5 feet.
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Nov 22, 2021
It is of course horrible that a driver murdered people in a Christmas parade but honestly that’s just the price we have to pay for freedom. Your life must be weighed against the value of handbags and a few seconds of driver convenience, and we both know your life is worth less. That’s not capitalism, it’s not socialism, it’s not fascism or authoritarianism. It is just Americanism, it is why we exist, it is the trillion dollar infrastructure bill and wars for oil and catastrophic climate change and 40,000 dead/2 million maimed for life every year.
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Nov 21, 2021
I paid $1300 for my city bicycle in 2005 and am wondering about what I will replace it with in ~ 2030

The gravel bike is newer though, $1400 in 2007, so, I probably won’t be able to replace it til ‘35 soonest

how much is a car? can’t be more than $2000 right? that said, the road bike ($1200, 2003) is probably going to be retired in the next 5 year so, checkmate me i guess
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Nov 12, 2021
Something I think is under-appreciated about car culture and the spatial challenges it embeds in cities is, the United States is not unique in this regard.

Among all other countries on earth, Germany may outdo the U.S. in its car-centered religion.

And yet. When someone says that "we can't fix this in the USA" what I hear them say is either "This will cause me some inconvenience and so I oppose it" or "I've not spent much time thinking about how current land use forms are not permanent"
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