As u might be knowing i am form india and i am always surprised by one question: with so many bike riders in this forum, why do i see such a large number of cars on the highways and expressways in USA?
My friends who are there in the USA say that its almost impossible to ride in the cold season and only seasoned cyclists and the ones who have a good stamina and alertness for slippery surfaces and skidding cars during snow can survive.
The other valid reson they gave was in mountainous states such as TN, KY, VA, CO and CA it's almost next to impossible to to use the bike for shopping, commuting and fun riding.
I like to add here that many of these firends of mine had done a lot of cycling in India and i just wanted to know if all of these reasons are for real?
But they all stood by one point, they said that almost all of the motorists were courteous and yielding and added that US is one of the safest haven for cyclists(i dunno how much of this is true since i can understand that locals are always friendly to aliens, especially if they are students and are not very well aware of road rules).