I live here in florida and in our area it gets pretty congested at times. i would say maybe some of the contributing factors could be as follows
1. large population of old people driving cars.
2. large population of people that have lost lisence to DUI riding bikes and also drunk while on them
3. lots of transients ride bikes also and many are on drugs all the time.
4. year round riding weather
5. I would imagine many die of heat exhaustion on bikes too.
6. not many bike lanes on our roads, something california is way ahead of us on.
I wonder if alot of the deaths could be related to these types of cyclists and not people who are out getting exercise
Cervelo S1 w/ mavic ksyrium sl's
And before you get too proud of yourself for living in a place with warm winter weather, the only, and I mean only reason "snowbirds" go to Florida is because of the weather in the winter. It isn't the culture or the attractions, and there's no question it has nothing to do with the people.
Don't kid yourself...the day that the Turks and Caicos Islands formally become a protectorate or territory or even province of Canada is the day Florida goes bankrupt.
The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
Originally Posted FLvector
If you live for snow your in the right place and if I don't like it, so am I. But if you like riding outdoors for 12 months/year instead of a trainer for 2-3 months, FL has you beat. I could care less about skiing. Did plenty of it while living in the Poconos. To each his own.
All this smack talkin and you said the following in the "I hate Winter thread"
"I love Winter...all that biking in the summer let's me put in 60 days on skis a year then it gets warm again and I put away the skis and pull out the bike. Fortunately that doesn't happen for at least another 2 months." And "Anything below 40*F is not riding weather. Really???
So much for your riding 12 months a year. Just as I thought. Busted.
Give it up Dawg
How did I miss this whole thread? Oh yeah, it was in Road Cycling!
But seriously it is interesting to see how impassioned some folks are about defending Florida and others are about criticizing it. For me, it's just where I live, and you've got to ride, right? It's not like I can just lock myself indoors because I don't live in a cycling utopia.
Sure drivers suck, (some) roads suck and you have to watch out for yourself, but isn't that the way it is everywhere? If the riding is that much better other places, I sure would like to hear about it.
I'm a wuss and won't ride if it's below 50*F. But that still leaves me w/ about 10 months of riding time in Denver.
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"...in Las Vegas where -the electric bills are staggering -the decor hog wild -and the entertainment saccharine -what a golden age -what a time of right and reason -the consumer's king -and unhappiness is treason..."
Luckily I live 4 miles from a state park with a 7 mile paved loop for cyclists, walkers, runners, etc., with a 2 mile run in to the loop. I can ride my bike there mostly through strip mall parking lots and paved bike paths off the road. I do 99% of my in-week riding there.
The only time I will ride the open roads are with a pack; e.g., Saturday ride with the club and Sunday ride with a mass of about 60-100 riders in San Antonio.
Well the Florida legislature is mostly incompetent and our budget is a mess.
Thank God we have California to make us look good.
Sad thing is they pay a load of state taxes too.
“Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay