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I've had some seriously close calls with negligent motorists at pedestrian crossings, where I'm easily within arm's reach of the offending vehicle. Magnetised notices like this seem the perfect approach to let them know what I think of their driving.
Here’s one productive way to express your anger at the guy who took up two parking spots.
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Pedestrians have rights? What will they come up with next, that we can't whip our slaves?!
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Great example of risk homeostasis.

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The idea behind risk compensation is simple: If you wear a helmet, you take more risks. If I go mountain biking without a helmet, I go much slower. Or imagine walking along the edge of a cliff with a safety rail. Now imagine the same walk, only there's no rail. Even in your imagination, there's a big difference in your behavior. The theory of risk compensation is that cyclists will ride more recklessly because the helmet makes them feel safer. A 2011 study in the journal Risk Analysis observed that "routine helmet users reported higher experienced risk and cycled slower when they did not wear their helmet in the experiment than when they did wear their helmet."
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High helmet use in places like the U.K. and U.S. isn't a public safety victoryit's a policy failure.
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+Gareth Robins I think that the need for speed in commutes isn't universal. Many people don't want to have to take a shower after getting to work. A slower ride might actually be better. In this case, I'm imagining Wellington's Oriental Bay shared path as an ideal example. Helmets definitely have their place for the majority of trips, but I don't think that helmets should be mandatory in every context.
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There's no particular reason why vehicles and bikes should have the same road rules to follow. They're very different in terms of vulnerability and potential to cause harm. Most of the traffic violations committed by cyclists are done to conserve momentum and a few simple rule changes could keep cyclists moving without compromising safety.
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Hand signals for cyclists strike me as an anachronism that should be modernised. Besides, how many motorists would even know to look for an arm these days?
 
Lumos next generation bicycle helmet, features brake lights and turn signals, to help cyclists stay safe and visible on the road. On the outside, Lumos …
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I want to think that community micro-grids could start to pop up in urban areas and take some of the load off the transmission system, but it might also be trading classes of problems.
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Imagine a world where you are the only driver, and all other cars drive themselves. You could do anything—run lights, hurtle the wrong way down the freeway, pull out into traffic without looking—and you'd be safe. The self-driving cars would swerve, slow or stop to let you through. And if the standard behavior of human drivers is anything to go by, we will be merciless.
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The transition period between now and fully-automated traffic will be long and hard. It'll take generations before die-hard drivers let go if the wheel.
Robot drivers are courteous, safe, and will stop if anything swerves in front of them. Can you imagine what's going to happen when you put those on...
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The same would apply to people on bikes and pedestrians :-) I look forward to it.
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It shouldn't be surprising to see freight companies complaining about having transport options restricted, especially by ideological arguments. The current situation favours road freight in terms of price, but fails to account for some negative externalities. Priced fairly, rail freight would compete quite well for large-volume shipments and reduce demand for some of the road corridors.
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Everything that I've read from successful urban renewal demands that residents are involved at every level of decision-making. What the government has been doing around CERA has been as polar opposite as possible and shows no signs of letting up.
At the end of last month, the government released the draft transition recovery plan, the most important document for the governance of the rebuild since 2011. While CERA was widely expected to wrap up when its powers expire in 2016, this document proposes a new entity, which will take on a ...
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How we phrase the event actually changes our impression of it. "Crash" implies damage and debris; "Accident" implies a lack of blame; "Collision" is slightly more neutral.

A habit that I'd adopted a while back was to indicate intersections with vs. A local example would be Taranaki St vs Courtenay Pl. I do it to highlight the competitive behaviours of road users of all types and the constant potential for collision.
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It's about being more neutral. Accident implies no fault. Crash makes no claims about fault or not. The fault, if any, may be inattention, bad design of the intersection, or anything else. 
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Urban infrastructure tends to be impermeable, which leads to water management issues. Heavy rains can lead to flooding and wash away natural materials, especially soil hosting the plants that we need to help normalise the weather.
It’s reportedly easier to maintain than soil and mulch.
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It won't be the first time
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Our teenage notion of freedom used to be hanging out with friends, which meant being physically close to them. That has been changing to a more virtual sense of connectedness. Hanging out is still the case, but connected via the internet is often easier and cheaper. Technology allows us to do these things wherever and whenever, including travelling, which is creating a bias away from driving, since driving takes concentration that gets in the way of this connectedness.
 
The lure of being constantly connected is making use of public transit much more appealing to daily commuters who see the trip as a chance to continue texting, tweeting, shopping and watching TV.

#transportation #safety
New study says train ridership increase owes something to smartphone addiction.
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I commonly see arguments against apartments, especially small apartments, as slums to be. The problem is that these arguments substitute small with poorly designed. Useful apartments, regardless of size, will hold their value and attract people who want to be there, instead of falling into the hands of people who can't chose anything else.
A new report from Victoria's Housing Minister shows three quarters of new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Melbourne are smaller than the NSW minimum. If there's a problem it's in NSW, not Victoria
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(but I do appreciate having my OWN garden space)
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Went back for seconds. Good food and great attitude. The only mark down is for the lack of baby-changing facilities.
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Cute and worth the side-step. Slightly off the street, it's got a charm that makes more sense in Gastown than most of the tourist haunts.
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reviewed 11 months ago
Great advice and plenty of stock to get you started. Also pleased about having Sunday hours now, since most of my brewing activity is on the weekend.
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The food was amazing, but still managed to take second place to the service. It's easy to see why it's so popular.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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My partner and I just returned from a four-night stay. We absolutely loved the place. It's incredibly well-designed to allow for guest privacy and comfort, while still making you feel like you're being welcomed into a home. John and Karla were amazing hosts and we'll likely be back to see them again.
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Food was disappointing and overpriced. Tourist trap of the worst sort.
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All sorts of attention to detail and very friendly.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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