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?
@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!
@rabcyr yeah manhattan is okay, Brooklyn outside of the north and the large avenues is... darker...
@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...
@rabcyr this country is weird
@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 widespread blackouts would do it
@interneteh see cal
@wxcafe I know. I stand by it
@interneteh ah okay, well. I guess we'll see, and I hope you're right :)
@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 mass strikes and protests shutting down cities for weeks at a time would probably do it
@radikalgrafitio yeah so revolution
@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