Comment 1149

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted September 29, 2006 at 15:10:14

the crappier parts of the Hammer - like Hwy 20 perhaps? Oh, sorry, we saved that little gem to sacrifice greenspace.

Scientists and engineers define "efficiency" as what you get out divided by what you put in.

For cars, if the writer above commutes like over 80% of people, it is done alone. i.e. one seat occupied divided by five seats available = 20% occupancy efficiency. Same abysmal 20% goes for parking requirements. Same for air pollution. Same for fuel consumption. Same for pedestrian safety. Same for downtown livability, noise, etc.

So while I accept that "cars are vital for people like me", I think everyone can do better than 20%, that is shamefully wasteful and selfish. There are probably lots of commuters like you who could share at least one of those four empty, wasted seats in a 200hp, 3500lb vehicle built for 5.

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