Anyway after biking a bit more in Brooklyn in winter at night I finally get why front lights are recommended on bikes here...

Bc you can’t see shit and the street is fucked!! How can the US have such a widespread and powerful car culture and yet their roads are shit is incomprehensible

Idly wondering if there’s something that would bring the US to actually do some public infrastructure work. Apparently week-long blackouts aren’t it. Years-long water poisonings aren’t it either. Maybe when cars can’t be driven anymore? Or maybe they’ll just get off-road cars?

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@wxcafe you have only two choices: good roads with fast cars where it isn't safe to bike or bad roads with slower cars where it's possibly safe to bike.

@amphetamine I’ll take bad roads with good lighting!! But you don’t even get that outside of Manhattan!

@wxcafe have barely been in brooklyn, but manhattan seemed fine.

buffalo is quite lit up, but wow our streets are horrible.

@rabcyr yeah manhattan is okay, Brooklyn outside of the north and the large avenues is... darker...

@wxcafe years ago in texas i made my own bicycle light not so that cars would see me, but so that i could actually see. it used a 5Ah 12v SLA battery that i stuck industrial velcro to and a platform which mounted on a bottle cage mount.
@wxcafe the roads were fine, but all the neighborhoods were pitch black

@rabcyr what’s up with that ugh
I’ve only been once in Paris in a street where I couldn’t see properly on my bike... and it was a paved residential street in the middle of nowhere. I’ve never had this problem even in the outskirts of small cities...

@wxcafe american suburbs seem to love to be invisible at night.

i thought i camped in the woods outside rochester one night but in the morning i discovered i was actually in suburbs, and a walking path was like 30-40 meters from me. i could see a street with nice houses in the distance.

@wxcafe it'll take a threat to private profit that can't be pushed into the hands of the public to deal with for that to happen.

@wxcafe I feel like PG&E is flirting with getting privatized. But I may be underestimating how much political power they have in the state


@wxcafe yes, and also smug thinkpieces about how people who can't afford hummers aren't trying hard enough

@wxcafe Our public officials are almost all conservative/centrist garbage, the cops are militarized, and companies know we're too complacent to revolt in any meaningful way. So you're right, the rich will get generators and off-road vehicles and install air-conditioning systems while poorer senior citizens get heat stroke. Nothing will change unless ordinary people get mad enough to do something drastic, which I don't see happening any time soon.

@wxcafe @mood yeah that’s the big push to lifted hatchbacks with AWD (“SUVs” or “crossovers,”) in the US

@bonzoesc @mood that and the fact that driving is dangerous and if the other person has an SUV and you don't, well...

so you'd better have one. escalation of arms basically. The War on Cars has a pretty good episode about this

@wxcafe mass strikes and protests shutting down cities for weeks at a time would probably do it


@wxcafe individualized costs of centralized neglect, atomized society, corrupt government, same old story as literally every other one of the many things broken in this country

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