I'm a PhD student researching bicycling and urban change at UC Berkeley (website) and focusing on Oakland. In Oakland, as well as places like Portland, Washington, DC, New York, LA, etc., more and more people are riding bikes for transportation and/or lifestyle and moving to/riding through urban areas often considered dangerous or sketchy. I'm curious how people experience urban space and relative safety by bike. I'd like to get a discussion going among people on here to complement my research data and help my understanding.
Where do you live and work? How long have you lived there? Do you feel safe riding through your neighborhood by bike? Why? Would you feel equally, more, or less safe driving or walking?
Any and all responses are welcome. Please give your ZIP code and any other information about yourself that you'd like to share (age, race/ethnicity, gender, occupation, education). Also tell me whether or not you'd be comfortable with me quoting your thread in published work, but feel free to comment even if you don't want to be quoted. Responses from the Bay Area especially wanted.
University of California, Berkeley