Does where you live have an effect on car-free living?
(Admin edit: This discussion has been branched off of this existing thread http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post16508321.)
Below is me going sideways-
Bikes for transportation folks-
need to PUSH "how to prevent bike thefts"-which means some sort of city maintained bike racks with sturdy U-Lock attachment points
and 3 wheeled bikes for oldsters-which means dedicated bike lanes-"sorta wide"
USA older the 45 Folks are over weight-perhaps not too agile-
They can't safely comfortable ride a 2 wheeled bike
but they certainly can ride an old fashioned 3 wheeler-big basket in the rear-very stable-(or even a training wheeled bike)
but those bikes are wider
and oldsters sure as heck won't ride with traffic-no VC for oldsters-laughable to even consider it
3 wheeler 65 yo-maybe some medical problems- 6-8 mph is about it-they won't ride in traffic
they need dedicated bike lanes-and a way to safely lock their bike-and a way to lock their bike outside( too heavy too bulky to haul inside)
There is waaaaay too much emphasis on 2 wheeled bikes-and the VC lane controlling elitism-strictly for extremely fit folks
You bike advocates need to think of better bikes-maybe a "kiddie type" bike with some sort of training wheels-for older folks-retractable and light so they can haul them into their home?
If you really want folks-say 20% of short -2 mile-trips to be by bike-you need different bikes-better anti theft measures-and dedicated bike lanes
Heck maybe allow/encourage side walk riding-until better lanes are available(yes I know about the problems with sidewalks-side streets, driveways-hedges etc)-
In many suburbs-side walks are EMPTY
I-LIKE-TO-BIKE- yeah safe bet they wouldn't want to be pestered by the usual sniping-I was thinking in terms of the more "nuts" forms of harassment that mainly women attract.No one has ever found me worthy of stalking