I'll be moving into that area in foreseeable future and I am planning to use bike for all my commuting - work, groceries, touring, etc. As for now my main concern is weather and car drivers. Could you let me know how bad or good are those factors (please assume that I am not only unfamiliar with that area but also with USA in general).
I've done and still doing lots of research about bikes and I've already found that cycling is technically possible through all seasons - for hot weather I can slow down, for rain I can get protecting cloth and use a special cap to prevent glasses from getting wet, for winter I can get special tires. However there are still several things that are unclear.
First of all how are the roads in general, let's say in summer? From the cycling experience in my country, I am used to the fact that it is always possible to easily find a route that would allow you to almost fully avoid cars. Like there is a wider road that all drivers use but if you go 100 meters in other direction, you can have a less wide road where you will be meeting several cars per 30 minutes. Or you can just go for one of those ground roads that are almost everywhere and where you are unlikely to meet cars at all. Will it be possible in the US location in question? Can I easily find a comfortable route where I will be avoiding most of the car traffic?
And then comes winter My largest concern that even if there are tiny un-used roads, they are covered with thick snow and nobody cares to clean them and the roads that are actually cleaned have heavy car traffic and personally I would be scared of sharing a slippery road with cars. So how is the winter out there and how do you deal with it?