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    Exploring Greensboro by bike?

    How bike-friendly is Greensboro NC? I'm hoping some of our commuter friends here will know.

    I may be in Greensboro for a couple of days in October while my wife is at a conference at Wesley Long Community Hospital. Might spend the daytime exploring the city beginning from there. Was thinking of heading downtown; I don't really know the city very well.

    Any roads to avoid? Any tips? Any place you'd want to explore were you in my position?

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    You may want to cross post this in the Southeast regional forum - just a thought :-)

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    It's not bad. I lived there last year before moving to Portland. Not much for bike lanes and you do have to worry about the red necks from time to time. People like to honk and yell things at you and you'll get the occational buzzing, but it's not that bad. Lot of lycra clad bikers, but not much utility cycling. Go find a BBQ stand and enjoy yourself.

    Not much to explore really. Not much there. I was thrilled to leave.

    edit: Check out Battleground Park. Nice place to ride and if you get off your bike and walk the historic path, there are lots of neat Revolutionary war monuments to check out.
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    Wasn't bad at all.
    I lived there for four years (went to Guilford).
    There are bikes all over the place, at least there were when I lived there (Greg LeMond era).

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    Quote Originally Posted by knobster View Post
    Go find a BBQ stand and enjoy yourself.
    Mmmm. They have barbecue that far west?

    All I've been able to find out about biking in and around Greensboro so far is MTB stuff. Thanks to fellow commuters for providing a recognizable perspective on it. Any neat neighborhoods to visit, or things to do downtown during the day?

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    It's ok here. Motorists, for the most part, are friendly. You probably want to stay on the western side of the city...and of course there are roads to avoid like the plague (wendover ave, for example). But not only is the west side a bit safer, but the neighborhoods tend to be nicer. The UNCG campus is nice to ride around. There are areas around and neighborhoods around battleground park that are nice and extremely bike friendly. The neighborhood contained north of Market, East of Guilford College, west of Holden and south of Friendly roads are nice. If it's marked well on the map there is a Hamilton Lakes park there and Starmount Forest Country club in that area.

    I ride those roads a lot if I'm just meandering around on a lazy day.

    If you want to explore there are a nice set of greenway's around Battleground and Bur Mil parks, and if you're into mountain biking a heck of a lot of great trails within a few miles of each other. Downtown is ok, it's grown up a bit, but I don't ride down there too much.

    Depending on when you'd be down this way I'd be willing to ride out places. I'm not the strongest rider, but I still love doing it.

    If you needed it, here is a map of the city that is farily well marked on friendly bike roads and marked bike lanes.
    http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/g...sboroRural.jpg
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    Oh, and go to the Guilford College library just to check out the swankest library ever made.
    It's what all libraries aspire to be.

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    I commuted in Greensboro for 4 years on a bike. I used the MUP thru Latham Park, IIRC it starts just past Wesley Long and heads north towards Mose Cone Hosp. There are plenty of neighborhood streets that parallel the park if you want to do some side tours. I rode on just about every street in that town at one point or another, but did stay off of Wendover, Cone and parts of Battleground. The only section of the city that I wouldn't ride in would be the southside and possibly the east side near AT&T.

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    I only have ridden once in Greensboro--after taking my daughter to Guilford last month. I rode the trail near the battlefield and almost got hit by a car twice at the same intersection--the only street crossing on the bike trail. It made me wonder about how bike-friendly Greensboro is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcbiker View Post
    I only have ridden once in Greensboro--after taking my daughter to Guilford last month. I rode the trail near the battlefield and almost got hit by a car twice at the same intersection--the only street crossing on the bike trail. It made me wonder about how bike-friendly Greensboro is.
    Better than some areas, no worse than others. FWIW I have been in Arlington, VA one time. The one time I was there some idiot plowed into the rear of my truck when I stopped for a traffic light...so I guess you could say it is a bad place to drive...

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    There's a great bike shop in Greensboro, Cycles de Oro. Lots of good cycling if you don't mind heading out of town. Google for the web sites of local cycling clubs and you probably can find cue sheets for routes. I rode a metric century there last year sponsored by Cycles de Oro, and it was a great route on rural roads north of the city.

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    Cycles de Oro is an odd shop. Great stuff there, but the help is a little ignorant and don't care. The opposite shop is Paceline. Great staff, but not much stuff.

    A good club that you can get cue sheets and maybe join a ride is www.greensborovelo.com

    I'll look around and see if I still have any que sheets from rides I use to do when I lived there. I lived just North of the city so I usually left from home.

    For those who are familiar with the area: Lake Jeanette off Elm st.

    Edit: here's a route my wife and I would do about every other week. Nice ride. http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...boro/472644510
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