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Old 03-02-21, 07:24 PM
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US Sec. of Transportation Buttigieg

The new US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addresses the National Bike Summit tomorrow.

“We think of trains, planes, and automobiles, but what about bikes, scooters, wheelchairs for that matter?” Buttigieg said during a recent interview with Axios. “Roads aren’t only for vehicles. We’ve got to make sure that pedestrians and individuals and bicyclists and businesses can all coexist on the same roadway.”

Hopefully, by that time someone will tell him bicycles ARE vehicles.

Oh! And...Alvey Adee, call your office!

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Old 03-03-21, 02:24 AM
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Originally Posted by tcs View Post
The new US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addresses the National Bike Summit tomorrow.

“We think of trains, planes, and automobiles, but what about bikes, scooters, wheelchairs for that matter?” Buttigieg said during a recent interview with Axios. “Roads aren’t only for vehicles. We’ve got to make sure that pedestrians and individuals and bicyclists and businesses can all coexist on the same roadway.”

Hopefully, by that time someone will tell him bicycles ARE vehicles.
I suspect he meant motor vehicles.
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The Sec. of Transportation actually riding a bicycle in traffic and agreeing to speak at a bicycle conference? Promising.
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On the one hand I think this may be good for cyclists.

On the other hand I think of what Ronald Reagan pointed out as the most terrifying phrase there is..."I'm from the government, I'm here to help."

How long before well-meaning advocacy falls victim to bureaucratic ineptitude or malfeasance and legislates the fun and practicality out of cycling.

Car sales down? Lobby for draconian cycling statutes under the guise of "safety" and make cycling a less attractive alternative.
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Originally Posted by tcs View Post
The Sec. of Transportation actually riding a bicycle in traffic and agreeing to speak at a bicycle conference? Promising.
Especially given COVID demonstrating to lots of businesses the waste of needing commuters and expensive office buildings.

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On the one hand I think this may be good for cyclists.

On the other hand I think of what Ronald Reagan pointed out as the most terrifying phrase there is..."I'm from the government, I'm here to help."

How long before well-meaning advocacy falls victim to bureaucratic ineptitude or malfeasance and legislates the fun and practicality out of cycling.

Car sales down? Lobby for draconian cycling statutes under the guise of "safety" and make cycling a less attractive alternative.
Simple. Don't elect people to office who think this is a true-ism. They prove themselves right. Every time.
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Simple. Don't elect people to office who think this is a true-ism. They prove themselves right. Every time.
That's true! I will remember that the next time some one offers up the Reagan quote.

I will just reiterate my point that politicians and political parties seek out movements and groups whose growth and momentum they can harness and then divert for their own purposes which are often counter to the original aim of the smaller groups.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
That's true! I will remember that the next time some one offers up the Reagan quote.

I will just reiterate my point that politicians and political parties seek out movements and groups whose growth and momentum they can harness and then divert for their own purposes which are often counter to the original aim of the smaller groups.
In other words talk is cheap.

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When I think of cycling infrastructure, I think primarily of city and state roadways. It'll be interesting to see how much money we can print to improve it at the federal level.
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I'm very happy with all the changes in roadways here in Jax, Fl. Luckily we don't waste our money on separated bike lanes or MUPs. Give me the simple bike lanes and I'm happy, especially the ones over major waterways.
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When I think of cycling infrastructure, I think primarily of city and state roadways. It'll be interesting to see how much money we can print to improve it at the federal level.
Remember, though, that 60-70% of U.S. highway work is done with federal funds. Those state and local projects that aren't pork-barrel funded by the feds (and there's more than meets the eye!) are made possible by state money that's available because of the huge influx of federal money to the state.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Remember, though, that 60-70% of U.S. highway work is done with federal funds. Those state and local projects that aren't pork-barrel funded by the feds (and there's more than meets the eye!) are made possible by state money that's available because of the huge influx of federal money to the state.
Right. Money we don't have, but will rather have to print.
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Old 03-05-21, 11:52 AM
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How much more, on average, would it cost to add, say, a 4' shoulder on each side of a road when it is built?
I said "average" because we have roads, here in Vermont that have little or no shoulder before a steep wall of rock.
Relevant to the picture in the OP: Wouldn't it be safer to have that satchel on the rear rack?
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Relevant to the picture in the OP: Wouldn't it be safer to have that satchel on the rear rack?
Have you ever used a bikeshare bike? WHAT rear rack? There are no rear racks on a Capital Bikeshare bike. You bring your own bag. If the bag is small enough, you can put it in the small front rack. Otherwise, it's safest to wear your bag on your back.

p.s. DB Call a Bike are one of the rare bikeshare bikes with a rear rack.

Pete Buttigieg is US Secretary of Transportation, so he rides a Capital Bikeshare bike in Washington DC. Andreas Scheuer is the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, but he chooses to ride his own bike with a rear rack in Berlin.

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Old 03-16-21, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Remember, though, that 60-70% of U.S. highway work is done with federal funds. Those state and local projects that aren't pork-barrel funded by the feds (and there's more than meets the eye!) are made possible by state money that's available because of the huge influx of federal money to the state.
Lets be truthful, it is TAXPAYER money no matter where it comes from.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Remember, though, that 60-70% of U.S. highway work is done with federal funds. Those state and local projects that aren't pork-barrel funded by the feds (and there's more than meets the eye!) are made possible by state money that's available because of the huge influx of federal money to the state.
The amount varies a lot from state to state but, overall, 46.6% of road funding comes from the federal government.
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Despite all your squawking it is good news that John Kerry (another bike rider) is in the current administration. He’s very tall and has been riding for a long time. Fully recovered now as they say.
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Despite all your squawking it is good news that John Kerry (another bike rider) is in the current administration. He’s very tall and has been riding for a long time. Fully recovered now as they say.
That may be your opinion, but not mine.
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wheel chairs on the street?
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Just a friendly reminder, the topic is fine, let’s just keep this free of partisan politics.
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I've got to agree with what Secretary Pete said about it. Make sure that we can all coexist on the roadway, that's the bottom line.

And with a push to address our infrastructure, finally, it's a perfect time to advance the interests of cyclists.
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wheel chairs on the street?
There are lots of sidewalks that are not wheelchair accessible. Hell, when I was using a knee-scooter and there were times I had to “take the lane,” because sidewalk. (Or trash day, and most days are trash day somewhere.)

And yes, people in cars have killed people using wheelchairs.

I’m sure there’s an “advocacy” sub-forum on a wheelchairforums somewhere where some people will blame the person using a wheelchair. (And I’m guessing those people are very “vocal.”)

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Originally Posted by tcs View Post
The new US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addresses the National Bike Summit tomorrow.

“We think of trains, planes, and automobiles, but what about bikes, scooters, wheelchairs for that matter?” Buttigieg said during a recent interview with Axios. “Roads aren’t only for vehicles. We’ve got to make sure that pedestrians and individuals and bicyclists and businesses can all coexist on the same roadway.”

Hopefully, by that time someone will tell him bicycles ARE vehicles.

Oh! And...Alvey Adee, call your office!

Facebook has now publish a picture of him unloading his bike from a huge SUV a short distance from the Capitol. All is not what it seems.
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Facebook has now publish a picture of him unloading his bike from a huge SUV a short distance from the Capitol. All is not what it seems.
I always look to Facebook to get the most accurate and authentic information.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I always look to Facebook to get the most accurate and authentic information.
There has been at least a half dozen of posts on this now. A picture is worth a thousand words. Sorry if you dont like the truth.

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There has been at least a half dozen of posts on this now. A picture is worth a thousand words. Sorry if you dont like the truth.
Especially a video taken on April 1st. (Did you also know the moon landing was fake and the Earth is flat?)

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