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Old June 29th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #8041
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Oh yeah, good point - make sure not to be killed by bicyclists! We almost were, on multiple occasions. Some bike lanes are just drawn on the sidewalk and you may not even realize that you're walking in one, until you hear some angry screams.

But yeah Chris is right, a bike may be a great way to get around, though I think it would be too complicated for me just to learn all the traffic rules to use one efficiently. Then again, I am from North America, and it may be easier for Europeans (although on that trip we were also in London and didn't see a lot of bicycle use there).
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Old June 29th, 2010, 01:46 PM   #8042
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Thanks, TheCat. Yes, I'm intending to stay for only one day. It's basically going to be a dri-thru tour only to have a glimpse and only in Amsterdam I may stay for a few hours while for the rest I may only pass in the car via city centres. Still better than nothing. It may well be that I'll be in Amsterdam just a week prior to that (with my friends ) so we may have a proper tour of the city.

I have already realized that cyclists have the priority in Munich and I will be more cautious in Amsterdam. I really respect this kind of approach to public transport. It makes the women less fat as well.
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Old June 29th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #8043
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Old June 29th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #8044
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A little treat for all of you true roadgeeks :

Introduction to Transportation Engineering Course, from IIT Kharagpur, India
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 12:25 AM   #8045
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Guys, I have one more question... about car rentals. I'm sure some of you here have experience with that.

So I booked a car for 5 days in Duesseldorf (Avis) using a pre-pay option (my credit card has been charged the full amount). It didn't mention nothing about a deposit or excess or I just didn't notice that. However I found out that the excess on my rental is £850 (about €1000) and I would have to pay the deposit using a credit card upon the pick-up of the car. The problem is that my credit card has a limit of only £700 which means it cannot be used to pay a deposit of £850 (or am I wrong?). That's bizzaire because I don't have another card (only a debit one which doesn't have £850 on it anyway). Cash not accepted (understandable).

However, there seems to be some kind of "excess reduction" insurance which makes it something as little as £100 (perhaps depending on country) for an extra charge every day. So for 5 days I guess it would be something between 50 and 100 Euros which is quite a lot of money!

Anyway, if I buy that "insurance" on excess does that mean that I won't have to pay the initial deposit and only pay the "reduced" deposit?

How does that all translate into humans language because this stuff is just too confusing for me... all I want is to get the keys and drive the goddamn car.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 02:46 AM   #8046
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Wow like a part of degree for free !!!
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:15 PM   #8047
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So yesterday i went all over the NJ Gold Coast / Newark and took over 300 pictures and 25 videos, heres a few unique & sign pictures.

A Yellow Brick Street in Hoboken (Middle Class area)

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Signs in Pavonia : Jersey City

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Essex Street in Liberty Harbor : Jersey City (Middle Class & Rich area of the city)

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Crews installing Red Light Camera signs on Hwy 21 in Newark

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A weird Find in the Ironbound Section of Newark (Mostly European section)

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Stevens Institute of Technology - The people who invented the Jersey Barrier

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge form Exchange Place : Jersey City

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30 Hudson Street in Exchange Place - Tallest Building in NJ. Designed by César Pelli , modeled abit after IFC in HK

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So what did you guys think?
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 11:14 AM   #8048
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A new traffic safety campaign in Estonia to reduce speeding:

The lives of the people close to you are not meant for testing
Do not speed!




And a video:
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 02:08 PM   #8049
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Hm, I had never heard Estonian before, it sounds like Finnish

Talking about traffic campaigns, the one for this summer in Spain is being quite controversial:



(It's in Spanish, but no translation is requiered. It consists of people receiving very bad news about their relatives)
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 04:16 PM   #8050
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This building looks as if the top part was burned! http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/...343cb311_b.jpg
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 06:17 PM   #8051
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Haha. Yeah right! I want to see it in personal.
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This building looks as if the top part was burned! http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/...343cb311_b.jpg
Its designed that way for some reason. They should have made it an observation deck , although a few future buildings have plans for that. Although the Natural Observation view can be found in Jersey City Heights , Journal SQ and Five Corners all Middle Class Neighborhoods with better views then the Rich.
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 08:50 PM   #8053
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Hm, I had never heard Estonian before, it sounds like Finnish

It is like Finnish
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Old July 4th, 2010, 10:14 AM   #8054
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Yesterday I came back from a small trip to Lithuania:



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Old July 4th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #8055
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Waiting for the pics!

But how did you travel from Kaunas to Vilnius? It doesn't show of your map.
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Old July 4th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #8056
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From Suwałki to Vilnius I went together with an organised trip, came back and drove to Kaunas the following day on my own.

Now I see the map is sligtly wrong because on my way to Vinius I did not pass Augustów but went via Sejny.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #8057
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guys, how and where do you fix your cameras while recording a driving video?
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Old July 5th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #8058
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Old July 5th, 2010, 01:51 AM   #8059
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how exactly? you attach one side on the camera and other on the dashboard?
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Old July 5th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #8060
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I just hold the camera in my hand. It's easy when you aren't the driver
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