Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-13-09, 03:08 PM   #1
slagjumper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
slagjumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Down on East End Avenue.
Bikes: Salsa Las Cruces, Burley R&R and a boat load of others.
Posts: 1,816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is your city a "good" palce to cycle?

I suppose if the premise is to improve, being merely "good" isn’t as mediocre as it sounds. I love biking in Pittsburgh for many reasons, I won’t bore you all of the reasons, but here are a few. Please if you feel so inclined, post about what makes your “good” city good and what can make it better. Here’s the list from “GOOD” magazine.


Albuquerque, NM
Austin, TX
Miami
Minneapolis
Montreal
Pittsburgh


Don’t forget to check out the links--

1) Bike culture, is growing in Pittsburgh. I see more people than ever on their bikes. Alleycats, CM, and bike stores are all flourishing. Despite the sometimes rocky relationship with some officers, the Pittsburgh police and cycling community aren’t enemies . Pittsburgh even has a banked cycle track!
2) Under 30 minute commute to town from anywhere in the city. This is mostly due to downtown being at the bottom of a valley.
3) Growing support from the city They’ve recently cut the red tape needed to install a bike rack outside your business. They also painted more bike lanes, and are prohibiting car parking where it has caused problems for cyclists.
4) New bridge projects improve the ped/bike lane.
5) 37 miles of bike lanes on the scenic Ohio, Mon and Allegheny Rivers, much of which can also be used by commuters.
6) 319 car free miles to DC!. I think that there are less than 15 miles on road with cars to get from Pittsburgh to DC.
7) There are lots of mountain bike trails in Frick and Schenley parks.

Things that could improve—

1) Lots of cars run red lights, stops and no right on reds. City officials need to “bite the big one” and install traffic cameras.
2) Some big projects are not so bike friendly – the new casino messes up the riverfront bike trails and the West End Bridge could be easier for bikes.
3) Since Pittsburgh is hilly as heck, (we have a 37% grade hill!). There could be some planning taking this into thought. Though we will never get the bike tow thing, like they have in Norway, we could find ways to get more new commuters going, by telling them about how to take their bikes on the inclines and buses. Who knows maybe when the recession is over; they’ll even add a cable car.
4) The PAT Bus drivers and “Access drivers” seem to hate cyclists. They need some job counseling about respecting the organic road units.
slagjumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 03:13 PM   #2
uke
it's easy if you let it.
 
uke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: indoors and out.
Bikes:
Posts: 4,124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My town has an MUP that runs close to campus, which lets me use it for the majority of my 2-mile ride to class. There are also lots of sidewalks, which can sometimes be used when the road isn't a viable option. Overall, I'd rate it as higher than my hometown, but not as highly as Cambridge, where I used to live. However, I never rode a bike when living in Cambridge, so where I live now is automatically better.
uke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 03:40 PM   #3
-=(8)=-
♋ ☮♂ ☭ ☯
 
-=(8)=-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: 40205 'ViLLeBiLLie
Bikes: Sngl Spd's, 70's- 80's vintage, D-tube Folder
Posts: 7,903
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No Portland, but Miami. Huh ?!?!?!?
Miami / S.FL. = The highest murder rate of cyclists in the country !
I cant take this article seriously.

I Pittsburgh !
Go Blue Devils
__________________
-ADVOCACY-☜ Radical VC = Car people on bikes. Just say "NO"
-=(8)=- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 03:53 PM   #4
Griffin2020
On the road to health.
 
Griffin2020's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Arlington, TX
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Cervelo RS is in process.
Posts: 603
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Austin has some strange rules in regards to bike lanes. There are several areas where the only on street parking is in the bike lane. Also, garbage bins are required to be left in the bike lane.
And cyclists are prohibited from riding outside the bike lanes. Which in turn means that cyclists must ride over (or through cars and garbage bins).

The people of Austin are more bike-friendly than any other place in Texas that I have ridden, but some of the laws has gots to change.

Where I live (Arlington, TX) is not "officially" bike friendly, but there is a great bike plan that is in process and they are trying to integrate the major cities in the are to be more cycling friendly.
Griffin2020 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 04:59 PM   #5
slagjumper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
slagjumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Down on East End Avenue.
Bikes: Salsa Las Cruces, Burley R&R and a boat load of others.
Posts: 1,816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by uke View Post
My town has an MUP that runs close to campus, which lets me use it for the majority of my 2-mile ride to class. There are also lots of sidewalks, which can sometimes be used when the road isn't a viable option. Overall, I'd rate it as higher than my hometown, but not as highly as Cambridge, where I used to live. However, I never rode a bike when living in Cambridge, so where I live now is automatically better.
A few years back I was walking in Cambridge and I heard a gaaa-thummp just behind me, I turned to see a bread truck taking out a sidewalk cyclist. The cyclist was ok, but ouch. He should have been on the road there. On the other hand some of the bike lanes in Cambridge are right in the door zone! Anyway what city are you in now?

and -8--:
Yahh. Miami seems like a suprisingly bad place to ride, except for the year round weather and flatness. I think that the idea behind the magazine is a bit odd. I lived in Gainesville in central florida and there was some decent bike activity there around UF. But there is a lot of motorist ignorance and general motor head mentality. I think that the combo of few sidewalks and lots of 75 year old + drivers helps earn florida the easiest place to die on your bike or walking "honnor".

Who really cares about the "good" things? Dont we all really want to know about the best things? I guess the magazine is trying to bring about a better world or something. Portland gets a lot of bike-kudos in the media. Somethimes I wonder if that is so the rest of the US can say, "If you want to ride your bike all the time, we've got a city called Portland-- why dont you move up there"!

I'm just glad to see a tiny bit of recognition ven in a tiny magazine.
slagjumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 05:04 PM   #6
StrangeWill
Senior Member
 
StrangeWill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Fallbrook, CA.
Bikes:
Posts: 1,112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fallbrook, CA - Meh not so much, ruralness seems to be a poor setting for riding sometimes.
Encinitas, CA (work) - Cyclist heaven it seems, I see cyclists everywhere while I'm working, makes me jealous, need to get my bike ready to ride again.
StrangeWill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 08:04 PM   #7
Bendico
Senior Member
 
Bendico's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Westmoreland County, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 218
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here is another reason why the PittsBurgh and the area around it is so great for biking. Check out this link to some funding that is coming to the area for bike trails.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_620350.html
Bendico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 08:32 PM   #8
apricissimus 
L T X B O M P F A N S R
 
apricissimus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Malden, MA
Bikes: Bianchi Volpe, Bianchi San Jose, Redline 925
Posts: 2,326
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 68 Post(s)
Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas are an excellent place to ride a bicycle (in my opinion). It's relatively flat, everything is close, and the traffic is congested so it's easy to keep up.

Boston drivers (and cyclists) are aggressive, but predictably so. There's only about one mile's worth of bike lanes in the entire city of Boston, but who needs 'em? One can get by just fine without them (though I understand that bike lanes might be useful in other locales).

I also think that since the streets are not laid out in a grid (except for Southie and parts of the Back Bay), it makes it more interesting to travel around the city. Every street and every intersection is unique.

Boston has a worse reputation than it deserves.
apricissimus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 09:06 PM   #9
SeattleShaun
Team Fat Boy
 
SeattleShaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Seattle
Bikes: Bridgestone MB3 Commuter, Surly Long Haul Trucker, and Custom Ti roadbike by High Ti Cycles
Posts: 194
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Boston has a worse reputation than it deserves.

I would agree with this. I grew up riding in and around Boston years ago - I could get almost anyplace within the metro area faster by bike than by car - while riding safely.

I've lived in Seattle for the last 15 years. Seattle is generally a good place to ride as well. The drivers tend to be much less agressive, but also much more clueless and unpredictable...

We have a Bicycle Master Plan being implemented now with wildly variable success - most bike lanes and sharrows are being poorly implemented in door zones. I remain cautiously optimistic that these problems will ultimately be addressed.

There are a number of MUPs here, that vary from excellent to barely useable depending on the time of day and the weather...
SeattleShaun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 09:07 PM   #10
kuan
Twincities MN
 
kuan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Salsa, Cannondale, Surly.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,527
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I live in Surlyville USA. The plan is to put 700 miles of bike lanes and trail in the Minneapolis city/suburbs. I'd like to see that happen before I die.
__________________
www.marrow.org
kuan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 10:43 PM   #11
ChipSeal
www.chipsea.blogspot.com
 
ChipSeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: South of Dallas, Texas
Bikes: Giant OCR C0 road
Posts: 1,026
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Texas is great for cyclists! They have bicycle facilities that go to almost every destination from nearly any starting point. Around here we call them public streets. Car drivers have all the rights and all the duties afforded to bicyclists, except for those that by their nature do not apply. (Sec 551.001)
ChipSeal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-09, 10:54 PM   #12
pipes
S E Michigan
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 431
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
NO Iam close to Detroit and riding here well stinks thou they are doing some things in a few citys ! To kina inprove things BUT it a really be slow here in S E Michigan . The metro parks have some nice bike paths thou .
pipes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 11:55 AM   #13
Rex G
Senior Member
 
Rex G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Bellaire TX USA
Bikes: Bianchi Alloro, Veloce, San Remo, Pista; Rivendell Canti Rom; Zinn custom
Posts: 821
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Griffin2020 View Post
Austin has some strange rules in regards to bike lanes. There are several areas where the only on street parking is in the bike lane. Also, garbage bins are required to be left in the bike lane.
And cyclists are prohibited from riding outside the bike lanes. Which in turn means that cyclists must ride over (or through cars and garbage bins).

The people of Austin are more bike-friendly than any other place in Texas that I have ridden, but some of the laws has gots to change.

Where I live (Arlington, TX) is not "officially" bike friendly, but there is a great bike plan that is in process and they are trying to integrate the major cities in the are to be more cycling friendly.
Houston has some bike lanes where parked cars and garbage containers are legally allowed to clutter the lane, but at least Houston does not require cyclists to use those bike lanes.

Really, I generally feel safer riding in traffic than in the bike lanes, anyway, and have noticed that some bike lanes have disappeared, replaced with signs on which a bicycle symbol is painted, along with a "Share the Road" statement.

As for abuse from motorists, I have noticed that I get almost as much while driving my Honda Civic as when cycling, far more than when I am driving a Jeep Wrangler. Few motorists are brave enough to tangle with a Jeep driver, presumably.
__________________
Have Colt, will travel...

Last edited by Rex G; 04-14-09 at 12:05 PM. Reason: typos
Rex G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 01:51 PM   #14
Roody
Sophomoric Member
 
Roody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
Bikes:
Posts: 23,579
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 169 Post(s)
The article in Good magazine was absurd, IMO. They rated how "bikeable" a city is by the number of Alley Cat races and average attendance at Critical Mass rides.

My city is pretty good for riding even though we don't have any Alley Cats and only a half dozen riders show up for most CMs. Mainly I like that motor traffic congestion isn't bad and there aren't too many hipster doofuses hotrodding on their fixed gear bikes.
__________________

"Think Outside the Cage"
Roody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 01:53 PM   #15
chriswnw
biking and fighting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes:
Posts: 247
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would think Miami would be okay, as the entire city is laid out on a grid. Grids are a cyclist's best friend. Are the drivers just aggressive?
chriswnw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 04:14 PM   #16
Jim from Boston
Senior Member
 
Jim from Boston's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 4,851
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas are an excellent place to ride a bicycle (in my opinion). It's relatively flat, everything is close, and the traffic is congested so it's easy to keep up.

Boston drivers (and cyclists) are aggressive, but predictably so. There's only about one mile's worth of bike lanes in the entire city of Boston, but who needs 'em? One can get by just fine without them (though I understand that bike lanes might be useful in other locales).

I also think that since the streets are not laid out in a grid (except for Southie and parts of the Back Bay), it makes it more interesting to travel around the city. Every street and every intersection is unique.

Boston has a worse reputation than it deserves.
100+. Also bicycles are allowed on the subways and commuter rail at certain times of week-day (off peak hours) and virtually all weekend.
Jim from Boston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 06:23 PM   #17
baron von trail 
Senior Member
 
baron von trail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: SW Ohio
Bikes: 3 good used ones
Posts: 3,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
I've posted something similar before, but I will gladly post it again. The area I live, 20 miles or so East of Dayton, feels to me like it's the MUP capital of the world. From just outside my backdoor, there are well over 300 miles of connected, paved bike trails that go in every possible direction. Xenia, the town located 10 miles to my south, is the hub.

Heading South and I can ride a trail all the way down to Cincinnati for a nice 125 mile r/t. Head North and I can take one of several trails either heading up to a nice lake or over through some hills and dales. Going East, I also have two trails, the longest of which is slated to eventually head all the way up to Cleveland and the Lake Erie region, but for now makes for a nice century r/t. And, heading West is my commute which goes into Dayton.

Dayton and Cinci also have a slew of trails that go every which way. I would not be surprised if, all told, this part of Ohio had 1000 miles of paved trail, not all connected --- at least, not yet.
baron von trail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 09:15 PM   #18
merlin55
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: SoCal
Bikes:
Posts: 1,246
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
San Diego has incredible weather, rides along the ocean, or climbs to 6000 feet above sea level such as the Mount Palomar stage of the recent TOC, an 333m outdoor velodrome, bike lanes, and about a zillion triathletes live around here. Even some decent mountain bike riding locations. I've ridden here for almost 30 years.
merlin55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 09:22 PM   #19
slagjumper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
slagjumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Down on East End Avenue.
Bikes: Salsa Las Cruces, Burley R&R and a boat load of others.
Posts: 1,816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roody View Post
The article in Good magazine was absurd, IMO. They rated how "bikeable" a city is by the number of Alley Cat races and average attendance at Critical Mass rides.
Those are some interesting metrics. Why do you think that mattered to them?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roody View Post
My city is pretty good for riding even though we don't have any Alley Cats and only a half dozen riders show up for most CMs. Mainly I like that motor traffic congestion isn't bad and there aren't too many hipster doofuses hotrodding on their fixed gear bikes.
Given the small population of Lansing, it seems that in addition to civil servants, CPAs and blue collar workers, you might have your share of fixies and CMers too!

baron von trail-- Xena might make the perfect bike only town. Housing is cheap, it's flat, and acording to wikipedia, "Xenia calls itself the "Bicycle Capital of the Midwest." Maybe we could get 30000 Portlanders to take over and outlaw cars.
slagjumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-09, 09:33 PM   #20
baron von trail 
Senior Member
 
baron von trail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: SW Ohio
Bikes: 3 good used ones
Posts: 3,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by slagjumper View Post
Those are some interesting metrics. Why do you think that mattered to them?


Given the small population of Lansing, it seems that in addition to civil servants, CPAs and blue collar workers, you might have your share of fixies and CMers too!

baron von trail-- Xena might make the perfect bike only town. Housing is cheap, it's flat, and acording to wikipedia, "Xenia calls itself the "Bicycle Capital of the Midwest." Maybe we could get 30000 Portlanders to take over and outlaw cars.
I bet that would be news to about 90% of the Xenia residents. Most of them never use the trail system. I live in Yellow Springs for a reason.

YS is to Portland what Xenia is to Boise.
baron von trail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-09, 06:01 AM   #21
slagjumper
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
slagjumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Down on East End Avenue.
Bikes: Salsa Las Cruces, Burley R&R and a boat load of others.
Posts: 1,816
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
I bet that would be news to about 90% of the Xenia residents. Most of them never use the trail system. I live in Yellow Springs for a reason.

YS is to Portland what Xenia is to Boise.
Hmm, I see. I just looked at Wikipedia for YS and see that it might be more suitable for bike only. Not that that would ever happen. Two things make me think that. One is that it is home to Antioch College and two is the tiny population of only 3800! Are there any good sites for MUPs of the area? Also isnt there a bike museam down there somewhere?
slagjumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-09, 06:33 AM   #22
baron von trail 
Senior Member
 
baron von trail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: SW Ohio
Bikes: 3 good used ones
Posts: 3,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by slagjumper View Post
Hmm, I see. I just looked at Wikipedia for YS and see that it might be more suitable for bike only. Not that that would ever happen. Two things make me think that. One is that it is home to Antioch College and two is the tiny population of only 3800! Are there any good sites for MUPs of the area? Also isnt there a bike museam down there somewhere?
Area MUP's: http://www.co.greene.oh.us/parks/multi-use-trails.htm For an even bigger pix, just Google "Rails to Trails Ohio.

The bike museum is in Dayton somewhere and has something to do with the Wright Bros. They developed their plane in this area and were originally bike shop dudes.

YS is a pretty cool little town. Tie-Die and Dreads capital of Ohio. But, we are/have been stuck with a Rethug representitive for a long time. We are pretty much the only community in the district that never voted for Bush, and (unless I am mistaken) the only one that didn't go McSame-Palin. Obama got about 90% of the YS vote.

The only serious downside to YS is that its slowly aging. There are still quite a few younger folks about, but the average age has slowly been creeping up. Young straight families typically do not move to YS. If you're living here as a young straight, you tend to be different, like GF and I, who are into alternative health, organic foods, being left alone -- basically anyone who can't stand the cookie cutter BS seen thoughout most of this area.

Unlike you all out West, most young people in the Midwest grow up to be either corporate drones or Wall Street wannabees. Not much free thinking going on around here. It's sort of sad.

Last edited by baron von trail; 04-15-09 at 06:37 AM. Reason: fixed link
baron von trail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-09, 05:56 PM   #23
Fast Cloud
Senior Member
 
Fast Cloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 645
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jackson sucks for cycling. The surrounding suburbs are fantastic...bike paths everywhere. Also, there's the Mule Jail Trail for mountain bikes they just opened. It used to be the Mule Jail Hunting Club but the sprawl from Jackson has caught up with it so it's no longer safe. I don't have a mountain bike, but there's some great woods back there so it's probably pretty nice. For roadies the Natchez Trace is hard to beat...tons of wildlife and zero developement.
Fast Cloud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-09, 08:30 PM   #24
zephyr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Bikes: Surly crosscheck, Rivendell Atlantis, Ciocc Mockba80, Surly Troll
Posts: 483
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The middle and southern part of Orange County, CA is better for cycling than most metros with population of 3+ million. Most main artery streets (over 1000 miles worth) have a 4' or 5' right shoulder or bike lane. I can go in most any direction from where I live or work and find a good bike route to get there. Many of the main artery streets prohibit on street parking which of course cuts the risk of open door collisions. The middle part of the county is mostly flat and the southern part has a tame mix of rolling hills, valleys, ridge tops and flat areas. You have to look hard to find streets with tough hills like SF or Pittsburgh. There a few hundred miles of MUPs, a mix of recreation MUPS like along the sands of Huntington Beach and cross town travel MUPs like those all around Irvine. I use a few of the MUPs occasionally, but 95+ percent of my travel is along the city streets. Most of southern cal has a well deserved rap as car centric, but much of OC is pretty bike friendly. Of course mild weather most of the year makes it even better to be out pedaling around.
zephyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-09, 09:39 PM   #25
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2
Posts: 24,779
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 462 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by merlin55 View Post
San Diego has incredible weather, rides along the ocean, or climbs to 6000 feet above sea level such as the Mount Palomar stage of the recent TOC, an 333m outdoor velodrome, bike lanes, and about a zillion triathletes live around here. Even some decent mountain bike riding locations. I've ridden here for almost 30 years.
While yes! yes! yes! to all the above, we also have a lot of car culture here in So Cal, and sometimes it gets pretty darn extreme.

For the wonderful weather we have, this should be the bike capitol of the US... but the 50MPH+ arterial roads mean that you better be darned skilled for some locations.

Personally I love the back country roads and climbs. I am just not too thrilled by certain commuting aspects. And yeah, I've been "doing it" here since the early '70s.
genec is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:04 AM.