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2013-02-06 06:04:36 AM
Yes! Airbag catapults ...

It'd serve those tightpantsed, above-the-law, farkers right.

Cyclists too
 
2013-02-06 06:55:26 AM
Oh goody. Something else for the meth heads to steal. But this time it's on the outside of my car for easier access.
 
2013-02-06 08:59:36 AM
Wont that encourage people to have sex on your car?
 
2013-02-06 09:04:33 AM
The point of airbags in the car is to slow the rate of impact for passengers. Unless I'm missing something, adding airbags to the outside of the vehicle would only increase the speed at which collision happens.
 
2013-02-06 09:04:48 AM
Hmm, I'm thinking less airbags and something more along the lines of cyclistcatcher (much like the cowcatchers on trains).
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-06 09:07:01 AM
Now can we stop hearing that bogus factoid about how allowing people to drive over 20 miles per hour will kill 143% of cute blonde babies?
 
2013-02-06 09:07:42 AM
External front, rear and side airbags now come standard in the Lincoln Town Car Farmers Market Limited Edition Sedan.
 
2013-02-06 09:15:17 AM
Now they'll have to pick bits of wandering toddlers out of the treeline.
 
2013-02-06 09:16:33 AM
People can't even farking respect that the left lane is for passing ONLY, why the hell do we expect them to know how to handle bicycles or motorcycles?
 
2013-02-06 09:20:02 AM
oh good, so they will tack on $2000 to the price of my car so when Johnny BikeShorts blows a stop sign and hits my car, his helmet-less head hill hit a pillow instead of karma. At least the $2000 bike will be wrecked so I guess it's a fair trade, although having an airbag go off on your car usually means the car is a write-off nowadays.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-06 09:24:17 AM
No officer I have no idea who might have wired a stick of dynamite into the airbag igniter circuit.
 
2013-02-06 09:26:09 AM
I've never hit a cyclist or pedestrian in my life, subs! Also all those signs and trees I have plowed into over the years were clearly suicidal because they jumped right in front of me.

pkellmey: Hmm, I'm thinking less airbags and something more along the lines of cyclistcatcher (much like the cowcatchers on trains).


I like this idea. As a frequent pedestrian, cyclist or skater out on public roads, it would be much more convenient and less costly than taking the bus home if I got too tired on my way back. Can we have some nice padding in the catcher? Maybe a nice blanket and a memory foam pillow? That would be nice. :-)

/quit driving years ago 'cuz I'm bad at it
//a lot of people should follow my example
 
2013-02-06 09:27:27 AM

acanuck: Yes! Airbag catapults ...

It'd serve those tightpantsed, above-the-law, farkers right.

Cyclists too



This, and:

I walk a dog on a daily basis in an area that you would expect pedestrians and the rule is that you pretend you are invisible, then chances of your being hit decrease drastically.

I just wish dirvers would pay attention to what the fark they are doing and their surroundings.  Put down your cellphone and DRIVE your farking car.  Play games later.
 
2013-02-06 09:30:29 AM
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Make it mandatory for pedestrians and cyclists to have airbags.

Or funbags. Whatever.
 
2013-02-06 09:33:50 AM
Will it work something like this?
 
2013-02-06 09:39:32 AM
Comical yet painful.

Airbag deployment equals pedestrian being slammed back by airbag before car not after.
 
2013-02-06 09:42:38 AM

ZAZ: No officer I have no idea who might have wired a stick of dynamite into the airbag igniter circuit.


Too dangerous for yourself, for the dynamite will blow in all directions putting you at risk.  What you need is the M18 claymore.  The shaped charge can be focused away from you and only hit your intended target and beyond.  You really need to keep safety in mind when modifying your vehicle.  For extra safety, keep the hand trigger ready for that next carjacker wanting to take your sweet ride.
 
2013-02-06 09:43:31 AM
While it might be useful for pedestrians, the biggest actual use for this would be preventing deer bodies from breaching the windshield.
www.huntingcentral.net
 
2013-02-06 09:46:44 AM

VoiceOfReason499: While it might be useful for pedestrians, the biggest actual use for this would be preventing deer bodies from breaching the windshield.
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goddamn aggressive hitchhikers.  Thinking the world owes them everything, hopping into cars without your permission.
 
2013-02-06 09:48:01 AM
If you've ever ended up on the hood of some asshole's car, because he wasn't paying attention, this suddenly becomes a very good idea.
 
2013-02-06 09:51:02 AM
</i>studies have shown that drivers with antilock brakes follow more closely, and that people in seat belts often drive faster</>

Studies go on to show that people with door impact beams, side and curtian airbags, traction control, and limited slip differential often try to jump gorges....because Risk Compensation.
 
2013-02-06 09:51:37 AM
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2013-02-06 09:58:03 AM

MythDragon: ^ HTML fail


You're an idiot, but not for that.
 
2013-02-06 10:44:07 AM

MythDragon: </i>studies have shown that drivers with antilock brakes follow more closely, and that people in seat belts often drive faster</>

Studies go on to show that people with door impact beams, side and curtian airbags, traction control, and limited slip differential often try to jump gorges....because Risk Compensation.




Because racecar
 
2013-02-06 11:01:22 AM
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/can tell you all about hop-ons
 
zez
2013-02-06 12:00:42 PM
The link on the site about the helmetless helmet is pretty cool.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680387/the-story-of-the-innovation-the-i nv isible-bike-helmet
 
2013-02-06 01:47:00 PM
the more bi-cyclists you run over, the less bi-cyclists there is to run over.

/just like the once mighty buffalo.
//except in that case, they used bullets instead of cars.
 
2013-02-06 02:35:42 PM
Maybe people should learn to cross a freaking street.

/stop, look, listen anybody?
//get off my lawn
 
2013-02-06 04:31:27 PM
To aid all the US haters: "pedestrians" are people who are not at that point sitting in a car. In some countries, they "cross" the road on occasion. Sometimes, cars drive into them in error without either party having been acting irresponsibly.

These airbags will eventually become standard in most countries.
 
2013-02-06 07:09:52 PM
Over at the Urban Country, James Schwartz has a better idea to increase safety:
The best way to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists is to remove seatbelts from cars and put metal spikes on the steering wheel facing the driver. This will guarantee that drivers will be more cautious while driving.


While putting metal spikes on the shells of the cars will guarantee that cyclists will be more cautious while cycling.
 
2013-02-07 07:37:09 PM

TheHappyCanadian: oh good, so they will tack on $2000 to the price of my car so when Johnny BikeShorts blows a stop sign and hits my car, his helmet-less head hill hit a pillow instead of karma. At least the $2000 bike will be wrecked so I guess it's a fair trade, although having an airbag go off on your car usually means the car is a write-off nowadays.


Or the deer, the other driver blowing a red light (frequent in the Pacific Timezone), or anything else.  Really, what you say speaks more for the need to  drive defensively and drive at a speed you can react to based on what you can see.  Unexpected obstacles happen, and not usually in moron driver on a bicycle form.
 
2013-02-07 07:39:41 PM

Dwight_Yeast: If you've ever ended up on the hood of some asshole's car, because he wasn't paying attention, this suddenly becomes a very good idea.


Making it harder to get a license, making it easier to lose one, and having a tighter zero tolerance policy on license violations than the DEA has on potheads would do more.  Vehicles are perfectly safe regardless of "safety features" in the control of a sober, competent operator.
 
2013-02-07 07:44:54 PM

rhiannon: Over at the Urban Country, James Schwartz has a better idea to increase safety:
The best way to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists is to remove seatbelts from cars and put metal spikes on the steering wheel facing the driver. This will guarantee that drivers will be more cautious while driving.


So nice of him to quote me without giving credit.

While putting metal spikes on the shells of the cars will guarantee that cyclists will be more cautious while cycling.

Pretty sure gravity and inertia already do a fine job of that without some asshole deciding to go highway jousting for shiats and giggles.  But hey, that's why you live in a basement and I live in the real world.
 
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