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21. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

Quoting Q'

I love history and I love technology. The current reversal of many technological trends fascinates me. ...

Horse drawn carriages where replaced by bicycles which where eventually replaced by cars. Each mode of transportation being faster and providing more for the driver.

Thing is cars aren't always faster. On my previous commute into work, riding a bike was in fact usually the most efficient form of transport. Cheaper, faster, healthier and better for the environment - on all those counts riding a bike won out over the car. Getting around anywhere in the city is faster on my bike. No problems parking, no problems waiting for trams and no problems being stuck in traffic.

Depends on the situation for sure, but cars certainly aren't always the best option. I see this "reversal of technological trends" as you call it more of an evolution of human understanding, a realisation that technological improvements aren't always for the better.

22. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 7y

I tend to side with Q here, as a motorcyclist the bottom line is self preservation must prevail over rules & regulations... when I first rode motorbikes in Asia, the guy told me to remember one thing, the bigger the vehicle, the more right of way it has on the roads... common sense dictates that if you are using a small vehicle you will always come off second best if something larger hits you. The only way to avoid accidents is to employ defensive driving skills in your commute... you can be unlucky though, I had a friend who when riding his motorbike one night collided & died when he hit a cyclist without a tail lights, the cyclist survived.

23. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

Quoting joffre

The only way to avoid accidents is to employ defensive driving skills in your commute...

I think this is true no matter which form of transport you are using. Drivers, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians all need to always be anticipating other people's stupidity. Sometimes, like in Maria's situation, it is just so far out of the realm of what we'd expect that it still ends in accidents.

24. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

Depends on the situation for sure, but cars certainly aren't always the best option. I see this "reversal of technological trends" as you call it more of an evolution of human understanding, a realisation that technological improvements aren't always for the better.

I agree. The term "better" is very hard to nail down. It really depends on the criteria by which you compare it against. However, that criteria is often limited in scope. The auto industry is a perfect example. A lot of cars are sold based on "looks" and "fashion", which becomes a need for those people who buy into them. Such is the case with the Jeep, Hummer or any of the sports cars. The automotive sales model in the 60's, 70's and 80's was heavily based on the "coolness" factor of a car. Unfortunately, that's probably still going to be the case going into the future. The only question is to what degree and what other factors will compete with it.

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