Join Date: May 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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The Twin Cities, especially Minneapolis, are quite bike friendly, I think. Lots of bicycle-specific infrastructure (designed with both recreational cyclists and commuters in mind). Drivers are generally cooperative (especially in the inner cities) with bicyclists on the streets. All public buses and trains have bike racks, and there's a large, active cycling community. And Minneapolis just got a big piece of transportation pork from the feds to improve and expand bicycle infrastructure.
As in Madison, however, year-round cycling is out unless you're very hardy. A surprisingly large number of people do it, but I'm far too wimpy to be among them. I don't venture out on two wheels during December, January, or February.
Cost of living is a lot higher than it used to be, especially housing. Still, it's a bargain compared to California or most of the Northeast.