Friday, December 19, 2008

The real reason for articulated buses

Ever wonder about the origins of the articulated bus design? Neither have I, but Peter Smith explains it for us anyhow on his bike blog:

Those hulking ‘bendy buses’ you see slamming through traffic---formally, they go by the moniker ‘articulated buses.’ I think they were probably designed by evil people for the purpose of scaring the few remaining cyclists off the roads.

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At 12:44 AM, Anonymous herman is my handle said...

Ugh -- it is an absolute waste of life to spend time making fun of dumb people. And it's certainly dangerous to enjoy it. That said, I clicked through and left a comment on BikeBlog.

I comment here because I think you'll like it.

Short version: if all we're going for is energy-efficiency and other forms of ecological soundness, then the sailboat and the horse both beat the bicycle hands-down.

Next time someone preaches to you about bicycles, preach back about horses! On their terms, you win, and if they start admitting other terms like practicality, well then...

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Ordinarily I'd agree with you about making fun of dumb people, except that dumb people are making policy for the city on transportation and housing. On transportation issues, Smith is only slightly to the left of the SF Bicycle Coalition, whose anti-car ideas---if you can dignify their goofball ideology with that term---dominating transportation policy in SF. Smith is anti-car and anti-bus, whereas the SFBC---and City Hall---is only anti-car, the official policy of the City of San Francisco. The SFBC is not officially anti-bus, but that transportaion "mode" is rarely mentioned on their website, because, like Smith, it's all about bikes, even though Muni is the only realistic alternative to driving in SF for most people.

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does the horse beat the bicycle for energy efficeincy?


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