The last time I was in Chicago I noticed a lot of people riding bicycles. Most of them, however, were riding on the sidewalks. I realize that the streets of Chicago are as close as you can come to a motorized jungle, but I wonder if the sidewalks are any better. Is street riding in a city like Chicago so dangerous that riding on crowded sidewalks is safer?
I just may be spoiled. These days I ride in the outer suburbs of St. Louis. A fifteen minute ride from my house puts me on lightly traveled roads among corn fields (though the corn fields are disappearing rapidly).