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    Where do you all commute from?

    I'm fairly new, and fairly curious--where do you all commute? What states, cities are represented? Is your commute mostly urban, suburban or rural? I commute in NYC. I ride from Queens to Lower Manhattan--about 7.5 miles each way. Feel free to go into detail.
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    I commute from Fishers Indiana (north east suburb of Indianapolis) to Fortville Indiana, a east northeast suburb of Indianapolis.

    My route starts out residential, and at around the 3 mile mark turns almost completely rural. It's nice that the highway I ride in on was just re-paved, and they paved a 4' wide shoulder into both sides of the road. Here's my route: http://tinyurl.com/28tuoye

    Once you turn onto Greenfield Ave. it's all rural. Although most of 126th street is pretty open as well.
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    Colchester Vermont to Burlington Vermont. 6.5 miles one-way. Begins suburban, goes to lakeside MUP (bike path) through woods and more suburbia, with nice views of the Adirondack Mountains beyond Lake Champlain to the west. Ends up in downtown Burlington, Vermont's largest city (not saying much.) I don't take it for granted at all. It's a nice ride.

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    Well there are a few international members, not just stuck-at-home Americans. I do try hard to stay away from stereotypes, but you are making it difficult....

    Sichuan province, riding from crowded suburbs, to the outskirts of Chengdu.

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    I commute from Falls Church, VA to Arlington, VA - roughly 6.6 miles each way. I ride on a MUP for 4.5 miles of it and bike lanes for the remainder. Very easy and mostly flat commute.

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    From the northermost suburbs of Columbus, Ohio to downtown and back. About 28 miles round trip. Come in in the morning right down the main North-South surface street, very little traffic, so I pretty much have a lane to myself. Come home either mostly by MUP (pleaseant ride), or up back streeets, depending on whether I need to save a few minutes (faster, but not as much fun).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absenth View Post
    I commute from Fishers Indiana (north east suburb of Indianapolis) to Fortville Indiana, a east northeast suburb of Indianapolis.

    My route starts out residential, and at around the 3 mile mark turns almost completely rural. It's nice that the highway I ride in on was just re-paved, and they paved a 4' wide shoulder into both sides of the road. Here's my route: http://tinyurl.com/28tuoye

    Once you turn onto Greenfield Ave. it's all rural. Although most of 126th street is pretty open as well.
    Looks like a beautiful, peaceful ride--very nice. Appreciate the link. Seems like you don't have much trouble finding space on the road--is that true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elihu23 View Post
    Looks like a beautiful, peaceful ride--very nice. Appreciate the link. Seems like you don't have much trouble finding space on the road--is that true?
    That's correct. Very little traffic on the majority of the commute. The only part that still makes me nervous is the short stint on Olio road (the first North south bit) as it's two lanes at 45mph, with most drivers doing 50+ and I need to turn left across the works. Of course at 6am or so it's not much of a problem at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    Well there are a few international members, not just stuck-at-home Americans. I do try hard to stay away from stereotypes, but you are making it difficult....

    Sichuan province, riding from crowded suburbs, to the outskirts of Chengdu.

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    Sorry. Like I said I'm new here and I didn't realize there were so many international members. However, I am curious about what it is like for cyclists outside the US. Are bicycles considered mainstream transportation or not? Are there any accommodations made for them? Are they still on the bottom of the transportation totem pole?
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    i start my commute in a rural area of pensacola, fl called beulah, fl. the short way takes me straight up the hwy into the outskirts of the city, but the safer way, which is the way i go, takes me about 2-3 more miles, goes all the way through rural and suburban area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotts View Post
    From the northermost suburbs of Columbus, Ohio to downtown and back. About 28 miles round trip. Come in in the morning right down the main North-South surface street, very little traffic, so I pretty much have a lane to myself. Come home either mostly by MUP (pleaseant ride), or up back streeets, depending on whether I need to save a few minutes (faster, but not as much fun).
    You've got a long ride. Guess you've been riding a long time. What does MUP stand for? Do you have showers at work? I've been to Cleveland, Akron and Canton, Ohio--what is Columbus like? Do they make accommodations for cyclists? Is there a big difference between your suburban and urban ride?
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    http://urbanbikemuse.blogspot.com "The Musing of an Urban Bicycle Commuter"

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    My place to work - Lebanon, OH to Ft. Wright, KY - usually take a bus for 30 of 45 miles

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    <-- place: what it says there

    We have pretty good cycling infrastructure. I believe all new street construction and planning projects must include a grade separated MUP running along the street. It's been like that for decades already, I think. Existing streets are upgraded wherever possible. There are maybe 10 citycenters in the whole country so old and tightly built there's no space for the required MUPs. I've seen some creative designs in those areas, not all of them work well.

    In addition to MUPs along the streets, most municipalities build additional MUPs to connect places more directly than existing street network. All city buildings are legally obliged to have "adequate" provisions for bike parking. All new shopping centres that I've seen have plenty of rack space. In downtown areas there are several bike parking spots with proper racks. Our railway operator is working towards making multi-modal commutes easier, by providing secure parking for bikes. They have reasonable or good bike racks in most stations already, but I wouldn't leave a good bike there for all day.

    For long distance, it's fairly easy to just toss your bike into a bus (no racks) or train (limited space). Our local buses don't take bikes anymore, citing "security reasons".

    Where I work, we have maybe 250+ employees and rack space for about 30 bikes. In summer, racks are full to capacity. In winter, not so much.

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    I live on Söder, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe and work just across the Årsta bridge some 3-4 km away. When I'm up for it (and when I'm less pregnant) I go the long way home or there.

    Plenty of people use their bikes all year round, but yeah -- there's an significant increase as the light and warmth returns each spring. I'd say at my office, maybe 20-30% or so commute by bike all year, and we can all store our bikes in a locked garage along with the cars. Bicyclists and bikes are considered normal and healthy in general, but obviously in downtown Stockholm, there's a war going on between buses, commuters, cars, and hipsters and messengers... (We're doing our best channeling NYC, for some reason

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    I start form Macomb Township, MI (northern suburb of Detroit) and 16 miles later end at work in Rochester Hills, MI (not really all that hilly) Half of my commute is on busy roads in suburbia and the other half is on an old rail trail.
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    I ride on a MUP for a big section of my commute starting in the city, then on some residential streets in a nearby suburb.

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    I commute from Winchester VA to the heart of DC.

    Bi-modal commute, drive 50 miles with the bikke on a rack, park the car and start riding what is now an additional 28 miles on the W&OD/Custis trail and DC city streets. Then reverse in the evening.

    I do drive-by's and throw rocks at jhhalls house when I'm bored. He's still trying to figure out what the noise is at 5am

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    Downtown Bremerton, WA north out to the submarine base. This is a quiet, hilly-ish ride through rural to suburban landscapes over a couple bridges, along the Tracyton waterfront, through Silverdale, and onto the Clear Creek Trail (MUP). I only see maybe a dozen or so motor vehicles on the way in (4:30am-ish) and moderate traffic on the afternoon ride home. All in all it's a really nice commute, 15.85 miles each way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elihu23 View Post
    Sorry. Like I said I'm new here and I didn't realize there were so many international members. However, I am curious about what it is like for cyclists outside the US. Are bicycles considered mainstream transportation or not? Are there any accommodations made for them? Are they still on the bottom of the transportation totem pole?
    Here are a couple of threads about biking in China

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    Nothing like shamelessly plugging one's own threads

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    Quote Originally Posted by stockholm View Post
    I live on Söder, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe and work just across the Årsta bridge some 3-4 km away. When I'm up for it (and when I'm less pregnant) I go the long way home or there.

    Plenty of people use their bikes all year round, but yeah -- there's an significant increase as the light and warmth returns each spring. I'd say at my office, maybe 20-30% or so commute by bike all year, and we can all store our bikes in a locked garage along with the cars. Bicyclists and bikes are considered normal and healthy in general, but obviously in downtown Stockholm, there's a war going on between buses, commuters, cars, and hipsters and messengers... (We're doing our best channeling NYC, for some reason
    God bless you and the baby to come! Seems that you have a nice healthy bicycle environment. I can certainly relate to the traffic wars. I try not to engage on the road. I try to be like water, I see a crack in the traffic and I fill it. If a truck wants to pass, I move with the wave. It's the buses thatI find unreasonable--a menace to cyclist and motorist alike. Who's winning the argument over there?
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    My commute is a accross the southern suburbs of Denver. About a mile along a busy street with excellent bike lanes to get to the bike path, then about six miles on the path next a state highway, then another mile through an office park. 8 miles total, and about 50 minutes (more when windy). Can't think of a better way to get a good work out twice a day, every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    Here are a couple of threads about biking in China

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    Commuting in China

    Nothing like shamelessly plugging one's own threads

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    A bike lane 10m wide! That's a sight to see! Take a picture and post it. It seems these are shared with pedestrians, is it a boardwalk of some kind or actually meant as a bike lane? Is the Petrol bike ban working?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    I commute from Winchester VA to the heart of DC.

    Bi-modal commute, drive 50 miles with the bikke on a rack, park the car and start riding what is now an additional 28 miles on the W&OD/Custis trail and DC city streets. Then reverse in the evening.

    I do drive-by's and throw rocks at jhhalls house when I'm bored. He's still trying to figure out what the noise is at 5am
    Is that better than using the metro? Is it expensive? I know parking in DC is a pain, or so I've been told. I wnated to visit, but lack of parking is a problem. Is the ride a dangerous one?
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    I live just outside of Boston, MA- my communte is Somerville to Cambridge. Only 2.5 miles in but I have a lots of options to lengthen my ride home - looping around the Charles River for about 10 miles home or combining the Harborwalk trail (coastal Boston) with the Charles for about 23 miles. I can also combine the Charles River with the Minuteman Trail (Somerville - Bedford back and forth) for about 40 miles.

    There are a few other trails I want to try.

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