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    With fuel prices so high, does anyone notice less traffic on the road?

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    Not at all. I hope I see more cyclists.

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    There'll never be less traffic in the Bay Area.

    Like Schmucker says, probably see more cyclists.
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    Not any less traffic, but I have noticed more SUV's and trucks on the used car lots!

    As for gas prices, Im going to start commuting on bike a few days a week, hopefully getting a scooter (100mpg baby!) to commute on off days, and leaving the Jeep home more often!

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    just curious because I am starting up my night shift commute this week and you can't really tell when you drive.

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    nope, most people will never give up their cars, they will just grouse about the price and keep right on driving.
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    Supercorsa has it right. You don't hear addicts complaining about how much their fix costs, only where they can get more.

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    I was watching a show on the science channel and they stated the same thing. People who can afford $40k or more on an SUV can afford $4/gal. It's those in the lower income brackets that will feel the effects of the high gas prices, and those are the ones already driving budget compact cars. Ironic, isn't it?

    It's an unfortunate situation- I can't afford two cars, so my one car needs to be able to fit my whole family (which it doesn't really). I'd love the 7 seater for family trips, the smart car for runs to the grocery store or to and from work, and the full size pickup for when I need to haul something, but man, could you imagine the insurance and payments on all three cars?

    My best compromise is the 5 seat small SUV and commute to work by bike everyday, which I'm thankfully getting ready to do again (typing on my new laptop right now )

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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja
    There'll never be less traffic in the Bay Area.

    Like Schmucker says, probably see more cyclists.
    the bay area is full of phony environmentalists.

    cover your car in all sorts of bumper stickers, then drive it every where you go
    Last edited by mikeb; 03-25-2008 at 03:19 PM.

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    I see alot more bikes, cars just look the same.

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    Well, I start tomorrow, just hope I don't get hit... I got buzzed a lot the other day riding to the mechanic to pick up my car. That was during the day and it made me a bit nervous about the commute.

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    Gas prices would have to sky rocket for people to give up on the car. I already commute most of the year, (winter-summer) so gas prices don't affect my 'commute' so far. I think more people will slowly begin to cycle to work, but as I said..gas prices would have sky rocket and even then, people will keep forking over the cash.

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    Well I did notice a reduction in traffic. @25 vehicles passed me in my lane during the 50 minute ride. Last year it was @25 cars in 10 minutes. I am sure as the light lingers later the traffic will increase. Everyone passing gave me tons of room, so far so good. I did loose the tail light off the rack trunk... I hope to find it on the way home. Also the 5-LED Nashbar light is insufficient for riding any faster then 15mph.

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    maybe it's too early in the season, but i've only seen 2 other bikes out this year so far. Cars are down just a tiny smidgen.

    been car-free since '05; pick my daughter up from after-school activities in a trailer (she loves it in all weather), get groceries (when it's my turn, sis&hub do most of it) with the trailer, i ride to pay bills, only get off the bike when surface conditions won't support the bike (glare ice, deep snow) -- then i get on the bus.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw_steggie
    With fuel prices so high, does anyone notice less traffic on the road?
    With gas prices up, there`s less traffic in my driveway. It used to see either my wife`s car or my pickup pass through maybe six times a day- now it`s about half that on average. If you want to, you can come pedal around out here

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