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I hope New York is stocked up on body bags for all the cycling deaths that are coming its way due to unhelmeted CitiBikers...total bloodbath.

Re: the students: I seem to remember the initial stories saying that the "prank" aspect was to slow traffic and piss off the teachers. Crazy kids...they should've known that cars slow traffic down more than anything. The real prank would've been if they all decided to drive in.

@MM -- I think this is actually a different group of students. The ones a week or two ago (also for a senior prank) didn't go through all the steps of alerting the police/mayor.

(Either that, or I'm misremembering, and this is a fuller version of last week's story).

On second look, it appears to be the same story, just a slow burn before a national media explosion!

"I asked him what they did about the fact that most drivers drive 5 to 10 mph over speed limits. The car has two modes, he said. If you’re going 75 mph and you put it in one mode, it will maintain that speed where it is safe to do so, slowing down as appropriate for curves, traffic, and other appropriate reasons. If you put it in the other mode, it will strictly obey all traffic laws, getting into the righthand lane if everyone else is going faster. No doubt they will eventually have “plus-5-mph” modes or whatever to take into account that many roads are signed for slower than the speeds people actually drive."

What a coincidence! My bike has two modes as well: one where it stops at traffic lights and stop signs if there's traffic present, and another where it stops, then continues on through the intersection if no traffic's present!

No feature enhancement to make it go 5 mph faster than the speed limit at all times, though.

Also, I was thinking as I rode out the W&OD today, "You know, people sure are riding fast around these blind corners. It must suck to be a pedestrian!"

Then I realized, around 85% of cyclists are going too fast around the blind corners on the W&OD, so it must be okay!

Why, oh why, did you make me read that Randall O'Toole piece. God what a dilbert that man is.

If they can get those driverless cars to work safely, that could reduce traffic congestion far more than extra highway lanes will. Why? Most traffic backups are caused by accidents and people gawking at the wreckage. Most accidents are caused by human error. Take the humans out of the equation and you'll probably see far fewer accidents. (Assuming the cars don't go SkyNet on us.)

With less congestion comes fewer calls for building more and more highways. That could actually mean more money for bike infrastructure (although some would simply ask for total transportation spending to be cut back).

The writer is biased toward cars, but I think it's good to promote the idea of driverless cars. They may not be ready for primetime just yet, but it won't be that long. Look at how far computers and smartphones have advanced over the last 20 years. I think this will be a good thing for cycling.

Besides, it's not as though all drivers are looking at the road today. So many of them are texting and websurfing on their phones already. (I see this every week, first-hand.) So if the driver isn't going to be looking at the road, I'd prefer that the car be capable of driving itself.

It's funny how a magazine that was long located in Boston and is now located right here in DC - and probably has at least a few staff using CaBi - can manage to still be New York-centric.

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