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Parking Probability

I was parking at a metered spot today, and didn't have enough money to pay for the time I needed. But I figured it was probably worth paying for part of the time, to cut the chances of getting a ticket.

It would be great to create a parking calculator that would tell you when it was a good bet to pay the meter and when it was a good bet to risk a ticket.

You'd need to know

  • How long you will be parked
  • Hourly rate for the meter
  • Amount of the fine if you get a ticket
  • Probability of getting a ticket per hour parked

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Are you more likely to die on a bicycle?

Although it might not be better for the enviroment, it turns out that biking is better for you, even when you take into account the increased risk of getting killed by a car and increased exposure to pollutants.

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The REAL Carbon Footprint of Bicycles

Sure, everyone thinks that bikes are awesome because they get infinity miles to the gallon, but that's just hype!

There's absolutely a carbon footprint associated with bicycle use. From the manufacture and shipping of frames and accessories to the carbon footprint of the foods you eat that fuel your bike, it's clear that bike riding takes an incremental but measurable toll on the environment.

The real question is, "How does a bike's carbon footprint compare to a car's carbon footprint?"

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