Hi all, I've been thinking about retirement a little more since turning 52, and have some questions you may be able to help with. After living in Michigan, where we have 6 months of winter (and 6 months of bad skating!), I'd like an area that is more temperate. It would be nice to get out and bike more on a year round basis without snow and ice. Or maybe 6 mths. of Michigan and 6 mths. somewhere else?
I've been to some retirement areas in Florida, really like the sunshine there, but they don't even have sidewalks let alone bike paths! Everyone uses a car!
I know I'm spoiled after living in Europe where the mentality in some countries is very pro-bike. In Germany for example, you can bike to the train station and leave your bike there, while you comute to work. Or put bikes on the train and get off / on wherever you want. Or rent bikes right at the train stations.
Soooooo....what is the most pro-biking area that you know of in the USA? What I mean is, do they have bike paths or trails? I'm not as keen on road biking these days, so I'd like designated trails if they exist. Or at least an attached bike shoulder? Or how about a pro-biking / pro-active, political will of the local govt? A community that passes pro-biking laws? Or public transport that allows bikes?
I'd be interested in either rural or urban. Thanks for sharing any ideas.