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market vehicle rethought... [Jul. 19th, 2009|09:19 am]
Verminius Rex
I've told some people about this in person, but I'll mention it now. My quest for an alternative market vehicle (scooter, bike with electric assist and trailer) came to an abrupt halt when I was driving to Market yesterday and someone blew the flashing red light at 19th and Haskell. I was plenty far back although I hit the breaks, but it occurred to me that in the van I'd be pried out using the Jaws of Life, on an alternative vehicle I'd be dead. So instead of some neat hippie transport, I'm going to start looking for a small used car again.

If I lived closer maybe I'd still think bike transport, but biking across Lawrence at 5:30am with a loaded trailer and tired drivers not paying attention is just a recipe for disaster.
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[User Picture]From: kukla_tko42
2009-07-19 04:00 pm (UTC)

Hear hear!

Having just been involved in an accident that was completely random and unavoidable, wherein the Jaws Of Life were, in fact, used to extract me from my pick-up truck...

I strongly encourage you to do your city driving in a vehicle that would save your life if, for example, an elderly man faints and crosses the yellow line to hit you head-on.

I like it when my friends are still breathing in and out, and thinking on their own, thanks. We just lost someone who had been t-boned and thrown from his vehicle. He was on support systems and not communicating or anything for about a year and half to two years.
He had two kids.

Just saying. Drive the car. Wear the seat belt.
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2009-07-20 01:29 am (UTC)

Re: Hear hear!

Exactly. If it was 2 blocks through suburbs, no problem. But this is 3.5 miles across town, and crossing several major streets. And hills. Hills on a bike doesn't sound fun.
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