1. Which transit system in the US is expensive to use? I definitely don’t think about fare when I think about which American systems are best, they’re all pretty cheap anyway. Kansas City’s got a free streetcar and Charleston’s got a free bus, obviously these are not some of our best systems though.

  2. Kansas City's whole system, RideKC, is free. It's the biggest city in NA to have free public transit.

  3. My father-in-law just leased a Nissan frontier (which is massive these days btw), and wants to buy a Silverado EV when they come out. When I asked him why he needs a full-size truck, he mentioned the time he picked up a play kitchen set for my kid. The play set is 3’x2’x1.5’ lol it would fit in the trunk of my hatchback without folding down the seats

  4. My ex drove me nuts with her car preferences, thankfully she didn't own one because she was an inexperienced driver. She insisted on getting a Chevy Colorado truck as her first car, she insisted on financing her first car instead of buying it, when I mentioned that American cars generally suck contrasted to Japanese she refused to consider that possibility whatsoever and explicitly told me she would never buy a foreign car.

  5. Yeah, I've been thinking about this for a while. I was hit by a car at a crosswalk last year. Hopped up on the hood and was completely uninjured, not even a bruise. A large truck would have run me over.

  6. in john wick 4 he’s actually just a badass pedestrian walking through dangerous intersections wearing high-vis and getting his by cars

  7. Well, in my "backrow city" as Strong Towns put it (Kansas City area), in the actual municipality of Kansas City, Missouri, they have boldly been put down a couple of new protected bikelanes that have come up with some resistance but are still up. The streetcar (which itself was built only in the 2010s) is due to double in length in a couple years. The more wealthy Kansas/Johnson County suburbs have been widening a bunch of sidewalks to become "multi-use paths" meaning bikes can ride on them. The Missouri suburbs have been still don't have much bike infrastructure yet since MoDOT is less helpful than KDOT in granting money for sidewalk expansions.

  8. Obvious question but what are all of these people turning up in the city for if there's nothing to do there?

  9. If you're asking why there are so many parking lots if there's not really demand for it, the answer (for my city Kansas City which is even worse than shown on this map) is that it's a cheap and easy way to get a little more money out of land speculation (people buying land and just waiting for the value to go up like a stock before selling it).

  10. I do care about people's opinions about me, especially people I respect. But I also know that I'm never going to please everybody and don't try to.

  11. Unrelated but I realized how ridiculous Beloozero being purple is. Its name is literally White Lake, the color should be in the name.

  12. It's just people trying to make themselves feel good about themselves by putting others down. You know this stuff is just pointless mean girl gossip. Differences are what make us stronger and individual.

  13. I wonder if some reaction ferry crossings would be practical

  14. In reality for these types of situations there's almost always a bus. But it's annoying you have to rely on unreliable fixed-route vectors for disease instead of just enjoying sunny South Carolina.

  15. I'll see your 1 hour 19 minute walk across a river and raise you 3 days

  16. That's mad. Previously I thought the worst example of this was Detroit-Windsor with a 2-day walk. And at least that has the excuse of an international border.

  17. Anybody know how they calculate these numbers? I checked my address and it got a walk score of 18 and a bike score of 47. Although I can get to a half dozen restaurants, 2 grocery stores, 2 donut shops, my dr., a cvs, a walgreens, hair cutting place, and other places on foot just fine I can sort of see the walk score being low since the main mall shopping area and the downtown area are a bit of a stretch for walking. Overall, I'd put it at more like 45% walkable though. The bike score makes even less sense to me. I'd put it closer to 95% bikeable. There is nowhere in town I can't get to by bike and given that the town is only 3 to 5 miles across any remotely healthy person should be able to do the same. The only reason for not giving it 100% is that there are three freeways nearby and I can't ride on those. There are plenty of ways under or over them though.

  18. These scores are also imperfect from the underlying data from what I've seen. It's calculated from a very old version of Google Maps. Walkscore assumes that every non-highway road has sidewalks, Bikescore is outdated not just because new bike trails have been built but also because old ones have been updated to the map. It also doesn't take into account at all availability and quality of bike parking. Peachtree City, GA with its mixed used trails covering the whole city almost, only gets a 23 in bike score for example. Transit Score's data is also very outdated.

  19. Sorry I will always prefer bike infrastructure. A healthy-exercising direct mode of transportation that requires vastly less money from the government and electrified, can reach 45 kph.

  20. Ehh, marginal cost of being a driver is basically nothing. Something like a Prius is like 8 cents a mile in fuel costs. If you already paid the upfront of owning a car, driving it more cost almost nothing. Half that if you brought a Model 3.

  21. A Prius or EV is the best-case scenario. The most popular car model in America is the Ford F-series which is no gas-saver. There's also maintenance costs, cost of your time, cost of your mental health, and expected value cost of your physical health.

  22. F-150 averages about 12 cents per mile of fuel depending exactly what model you have. It's not a lot.

  23. Cost of time means that if more people are willing to walk or bike on dignified paths that there's less traffic, you can have an average faster speed. Hence why a 15 minute city movement can be a win for motorists and pedestrians - less cars and faster cars. And a shorter car drive is also a win for everyone involved, too, even if the car trip is not eliminated.

  24. Do you mean the societal scale of what the first steps should be? Or what can you individually do?

  25. Adding to the part of individual change/local activism:

  26. Not exactly the answer you're looking for but I haven't lived in many cities so I can't really give exactly answer your question. However, Des Moines, Peachtree (an exurb of Atlanta), Indianapolis, and Fayetteville (AR) all unexpectedly have somewhat extensive bike trails, especially considering it's all the Midwest/South. Also Atlantic City (NJ) in a study about sprawl, was rated as like the 2nd or 3rd least sprawling city in the US, after New York and San Francisco.

  27. Maybe you already discussed this but why not meet in the middle and meet in a country that is visa-free for both of you like Serbia?

  28. Big Bang Theory I wouldn't call the whole show anti-car (maybe the opposite) but Sheldon is an anti-car crusader. Refuses to get a driver's license or car, insists on traveling through train rather than plane or highway, regularly carpools or rides the bus and lives in a walkable area. The only time he ever drove in the show was in an emergency and he hated it.

  29. Ok. I have been in one kind-of fight where basically I hugged someone who hated me and he fought me, pushed me against the wall. I was 10kg heavier though so he didn't really do much before everyone separated us in a few seconds. I didn't aim to hurt him.

  30. I always thought that was just a weird thing in Half-Life 2 that the vortigaunts said, TIL it's an actual phrase.

  31. You have to pay for drivers school, or wait until you're 18+ and have person you can rely on to teach you though.

  32. It varies by state but most of them you can start driving with an 18+ person present when you're 16. Driving school is a scam.

  33. If you have someone willing to teach you. That's not something a lot of people have access to.

  34. Yeah, and that is a problem. Poorer communities strongly correlate with less parental presence and it lowers social mobility given the necessity for a car in modern society especially in poorer communities.

  35. For most public transportation is option of last resort. You have to get to the point that cars aren’t a viable option before people will resort to public transportation.

  36. Yes, you're right, but ideally the first step toward new urbanism is not wasting money on terribly ran public transit (as is the case in most of America) but rather making very cheap deregulatory reforms designed to make things actually walkable. And bikeways are pretty cheap too contrasted to running regular buses.

  37. So basically the only option is move to Europe 😭

  38. No, not at all. In fact Europe has a lot of problems with international train travel too from different track guages to signalisations to wattages.

  39. Spain is by a good measure my favorite country in Europe though so I'm biased, it's a pain to travel from Spain to France (and the rest of the continent) by rail so I hear.

  40. Honestly ever since recent events Russophobia has actually been declining in my opinion. It still exists of course but most people understand that this is a new low for the RF that brought even a lot of patriots to dislike their country's governments and the anti-war protests and actions were big news.

  41. It is as ridiculous as you are stating. There are no good answers because it's BS and shouldn't exist.

  42. The good news is that more cities and politicians are repealing mandated parking minimums, it's become a

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