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Really love the mindset of pedestrian shaming that is so prominent in America. Here's a completely unrelated transit article in a local community paper where the only comment is a nasty one from someone who I guess does not believe that pedestrians have the right-of-away.

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@soypunk 😬

ranting about American car-centric culture 

@aparrish while it shouldn't... it still amazes me that a human being would say things like this out loud. "HAHA! Look at these morons, I can hit them with a multi-ton vehicle because they didn't look at me and have no body armor or any sorta of protection against my probably nearly military grade SUV!" We've just conditioned folks to so strongly believe that anything that prevents them from getting from A->B as quickly as possible is a problem.

ranting about American car-centric culture 

@aparrish see also: fast tracking self-driving car software that, as far as know, has yet to pass any kind of governmental audit or the same driving license test you and I would have to take. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

ranting about American car-centric culture 

@soypunk I live in nyc, I walk or bike basically everywhere. whenever I go to basically anywhere else in the USA where there's a five-lane stroad and an acre of parking lot between the starbucks and the office park I'm like... you don't have to live like this. there is a better way

ranting about American car-centric culture 

@aparrish I can understand that! I grew up in Florida but lived in Philadelphia for almost ten years and then Seattle. Now we live in the "Inland Empire" (the edge of Los Angeles County) but we haven't owned a car since we moved to Seattle back in 2008. Requires some active decision making (and frankly privilege given how the country is architected) to be able to do it in SoCal but it is possible.

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