Originally Posted by Extort
I'm back again with the same stupid questions as last time, only for a new location because the last job did not pan out!
Charlotte, North Carolina
1. How are the people towards cyclists?
2. Are the roads any good (for skinny tire riding)?
3. Is there mountain biking trails?
4. What neighborhoods are less
infected with crime?
Anything other information that you can think of would be great!!!
1. Probably about the same as anywhere. Most are nice, but there are always a few ******. Don't seem to run into that when ridin' around the countryside. Generally, there are "Share The Road" signs all over the area, and drivers for the most part out in the countryside are aware of cyclists, whether or not they are always considerate. One simply has to ride as safely as possible, same as anywhere. Check out "Charlotte" on Bikely, MapItPronto, and other such sites to see known cycling areas that others have posted.
2. Roads I ride are nice for skinny tires. I'm not a commuter at this time, though, and haven't been in Charlotte. There is a great place to ride in
Charlotte called the Booty Loop
Yes, there is much
Lycra to be seen.
3. I'm not a MTB'er (yet), but have been told that there are a lot of good trails in the area, and fantastic, nationally-known trails within decent driving distance if you don't mind makin' day-trips (mtns, Uwharrie National Forest, etc.). Plus the U.S. National Whitewater Center has some good trails. You'll see tons of cars with MTB's mounted driving in the UNCC area.
4. I live in the University area. Sometimes don't even lock my door at night, or while out ridin' or away at the store. My late husband and I once left our wooden front door open in the confusion of getting on the road to take some some friends to the airport (there is a glass storm door, but it wasn't locked). We decided to have lunch out afterward, and then ran some errands. When we returned six hours later, nothing was missing, and there was no sign that anyone had been in the house. Generally, violent crime tends to be west, northwest, and east in the Independence Blvd area. Also along Central Avenue and some parts of North Tryon Street towards town. Most outlying areas have lower crime rates, and most crime there is non-violent (larceny, cartheft, burglary, and the like).
Check out this site
to educate yourself about various aspects of the city/county (and surrounding towns) as far as tax rates, schools, crime, police efforts, etc.
I was born in Monroe (25 miles east), but have lived in the University area for most of the last 25 years. It's changed a lot, but, unless you live in an off-campus student neighborhood, crime is very low to non-existent....
Also, something else that has changed over my lifetime (over 40 years): lots of good cultural/arts events, festivals, community events, and great
restaurants with plenty of ethnicity/diversity. Also, we have a 10-mile time-trial series
here at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
doesn't win you over, I don't know what will.
Good luck with your research and job search!
Hope we get to welcome you to Charlotte at some point!