New around here, here's my #introduction:
I'm Solune, data science enthusiast based in Zürich, CH. I advocate for an explainable and transparent use of Machine Learning and am passionate about the ethical issues raised by such machinery.
I believe in a decentralized future for the Internet. I advocate for the increasing use of bicycles (#criticalmass) and I want cities back to their citizens rather than to cars or industrial activities. I care overly about urban planning and public transport.
@solune I have been bicycling almost all my life and I agree with you... but what about electric? Three things that can be an issue is climate, time and storage capacity. How do you think this can be solved?
People overhere use cars to drive their kids to school and then themselves to work. Then grocery shopping.. and it can be -20 celcius outside.
@shellkr Hey :) What electrical fleet do you consider? If you're talking electric bikes, I agree that the climate can be an issue for sure (we're quite safe from that yet in Switzerland, so did not really theorize that much on it). Time is very dependent on the neighborhood. If you live in a city center, there are good chances to be faster by bike than in the metro network. Not only if you're a sport champion but also because you don't suffer from peak hours with a good infrastructure.
@shellkr As of storage capacity, I don't think it's an issue in comparison with the space that we are willing to give to cars in cities.
I think that most could be achieved in European urban areas by a combination of public transports and biking for the last miles (always the most costly/timely part for the PT). However, this does not necessarily applies as is to US urban areas I reckon. PNW have already built in this direction with fast buses allowing bikes to be taken with.
@solune Yes, that is super important if a transition is going to work. Buses are for free over here but people still don't select going with them. I think we need e-bikes renting/lending together with bus stops. So you can take an e-bike to and from the stop. I also think we need some sort of taxi pod that you can rent when you need more storage capacity, disability or when the weather is not so good.
@shellkr This is exactly my view as well. I think we were in a transition period where the car could be considered as a personal good. But as I see it, with the increasing convenience of car rental solutions (think car coming to you instead of the opposite), spontaneous renting could be the mainstream in 20+ year.
This feels more rational to me for people in cities at least. Then you can use the storage/4 wheels/etc only when in need.
@shellkr And as for the buses, my experience in Seattle was that even if they're cheap, they're mainly seen as a transportation mode for poor/students/minorities. Helping people understand that there're more than that and could bring major improvement to daily life in urban areas is direly needed (air pollution, noise, traffic jams, ...).
But imo this also comes along with obligatory investments into the PT fleet and customer care from the city council.
@solune Welcome! I’m over in Portland, Oregon like halfway around the world (of course) but I agree with pretty much everything you say.
Though… after a really nasty injury on a bicycle, I’m leaning more towards recumbants these days as safer, more efficient, and more amenable to 3 wheels. But yes efficient, safe and quiet modes of transport are really cool.
@cy Thank you!
Sorry to hear that you had an injury! We're for sure very vulnerable on a two-wheels vehicle. Therefore we need a safe infrastructure ideally separated from the cars that the three-wheels are also welcome to use ;)
@solune Oh I have had a fender bender with an auto before, but actually this injury was on a smoothly paved side road devoid of automobiles, in good conditions, while I was coasting at maybe five or ten miles an hour. Annnd my collar bone snapped in half. That’s why I’m so leery of bicycles specifically, because I’ve gotten more injuries on them than anything else, and because that last one was just… I’d have been just as injured if I’d been dropped from that height at a standstill.
“Safety bicycles” are still just too elevated and top heavy in my opinion. They’re a great classic design that’s done us well for over a century but I think we need something like this to ride around on:
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