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Pollymath508 karma

They should have him build a store, fill it with supplies, smokes, booze and pornos then have him sell himself all that stuff. All that money will stay local!

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Pollymath76 karma

Which is why it's so rad when you find unique stations. I was recently in Hawaii and really enjoyed all the Hawaiian music on radio mixed in with Reggae that I had never heard before.

Pollymath61 karma

In my experience, American cities have some big challenges to overcome in order to be bike friendly.

1) Bike lanes in American cities tend to infuriate drivers, who drive too fast for city conditions and parking is at a premium, they are not enforced by police, and people still will turn into cyclists. This is a problem even European cities deal with, but with more cyclists on the "shared surface" bike paths, there is more of a demand to enforce bicycle/auto traffic laws.

2) Europe has had far more success in building "separate surface" bike lanes, because bicycles have always been used as transportation and having trails and public bicycle infrastructure was valued by residents of those cities. When trams and public transportation lines were decommissioned, those lines were converted into bike paths in the urban environment, something that didn't happen in many American cities. American cities eliminated many of these options when they sold tramways and rail lines back to private ownership. Splitting up perfectly good bike paths in some cases, or just building over those right-of-ways. Oddly enough, it's cities with lots of waterways that end to have the best bike infrastructure - even Phoenix and Tucson (in the desert) have relatively good bike infrastructure, although riding on the public roads is a death trap. All those canals and washes provide good bicycle connectivity.

3) Finally, Americans HATE density. We just can't get on with living on top of one another, and our tax structures are set up so that people who live outside the city determine how city dwellers uses money for infrastructure and transportation planning. They want to be able to get into their high paying jobs in the city quickly and easily, and so American cities are designed to facilitate this quick and easy access for cars, not bikes. The people who live in the cities then deal with higher speed traffic and main arterial roads right through the center of town, and rail lines that are maintained are done so to provide easy access for suburban dwellers - not bikes.

- Source: former planner who worked to build a bicycle advocacy non-profit in an old American city.

Pollymath58 karma

Right! My first instinct would be "holy hell we're in NYC surrounded by building and hard surfaces, we're doomed!" And the thought of landing in the Hudson, survival or not, would seem like a gigantic fluffy pillow by comparison.