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Jul 11 SuperSteve commented on A Year Without Eyman.
A box of cat litter. The longer it goes without changing, the worse it smells.
Jul 3 SuperSteve commented on Happy Birthday, America! The Declaration of Independence Has a Typo.
If Teabaggers cared about punctuation they'd have to admit that the right to keep and bear arms is inextricably linked to being a member of a "well-regulated militia."
May 30 SuperSteve commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
This is yet another symptom of Seattle's lack of comprehensive planning processes: real estate is allowed to be developed without on-site parking in a theoretical 'transit corridor' and wishful thinking urban planners believe that such a designation and a lack of private parking will cause people to forsake cars, only to discover that people will keep their cars but store them on public right-of-way. This has been an element in the fight over the Burke-Gilman 'missing link' in Ballard and opposition to aPodments throughout the city, and it should surprise no one that it's the crux of the problem in building a much-needed cycle-track through Westlake.

If businesses want to have dedicated parking for their customers, they should provide parking on their land and not claim public right-of-way for what is essentially private use. But at the same time, those who call for urban density need to recognize that a certain percentage of people (including hip young aPodment dwellers) are going to own cars and need a place to put them - and that place should be somewhere besides public rights-of-way.
May 22 SuperSteve commented on The City of Seattle Has Studied Your Internet Usage and Finds It Very Interesting.
@8 - you probably don't get out as much as you think you do.
May 22 SuperSteve commented on Westlake Cycletrack NIMBYs: Save Our Endangered Parking Spots!.
@34 - the land your clients are parking on are a public asset, yet you expect it to be available for you to make a profit while running a private business? If you want dedicated, private parking to facilitate your business then you should be leasing space in a building that includes parking on its private land.
May 21 SuperSteve commented on Westlake Cycletrack NIMBYs: Save Our Endangered Parking Spots!.
@11 - anyone complaining about cyclists going 25mph on flat terrain has zero credibility. The average cyclist is totally incapable of generating enough energy to obtain - let alone sustain - that kind of speed. Well-trained cyclists have a hard time sustaining 20+mph, and do so with far less frequency than the complaints from people who simply don't know what they're talking about.

It's like the comedian George Carlin once observed about driving: 'anyone going slower than me is an a$$-h0le... Anyone going faster is a maniac.'
May 19 SuperSteve commented on Did a Lie Cause the Firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson?.
Are they going to fire every who lies at the New York Times?
May 16 SuperSteve commented on Public Transportation and Collective Irrationality.
I sincerely want better transit, but don't understand how something like Denver's new Union Station Transit Tunnel is going to help buses get through gridlocked street traffic.

We could hang Picassos all over the downtown transit tunnel stations, but all it would do is make the wait for the perennially late buses a bit more pleasant.
May 9 SuperSteve commented on Cyclists Should Be Able to Roll Through Stop Signs.
American communities are obsessed with putting stop signs on every corner. There aren't nearly as many in any other developed nation - certainly not in Europe, where most non-arterial intersections are left completely uncontrolled and people use common sense to yield to traffic coming from their right.

The vast majority of stop signs here should be replaced at each intersection by yield signs on the less-traveled street and removed altogether on the more-traveled street.

Until then, common sense should prevail and our laws changed to reflect both empirical data and the reality on the ground: it's safe in the vast majority of cases for cyclist to roll through stop signs, and cops should prioritize their limited resources on something besides harassing cyclists.
Apr 29 SuperSteve commented on What's Wrong Right With This Scene?.
He's wearing earbuds so probably has no situational awareness, and he's in the big chain-ring which means he's either riding far too fast for an urban setting or he's riding a reasonably safe speed but mashing too big a gear while doing it.

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