Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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I, too, like grids of streets. As I have mentioned before, I could always take advantage of the grid to find a safe, traffic-calmed route through west-central Los Angeles. I was often able to ride 25mi/40km, almost entirely on 25-30mph/40-50kph streets. In San Diego County, I generally have to use one of the higher-speed prime arterials to get from point A to point B. Although some of these have wide shoulders (with or without demarked bike lanes), some suffer from either narrow curb lanes or freeway-style fast-flowing diverges, turns, and merges.
A cul-de-sac can be OK, IF bicyclists and pedestrians are provided with a connecting through path. My brother-in-law just bought a house on one of two back-to-back culs-de-sac, and I immediately noticed a direct tree-canopied bike- and ped-friendly connection into the adjacent neighborhood. I have frequently taken advantage of a similar connection in my own neighborhood.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069