I am planning to relocate from Thailand.
I have been looking at Columbia and Charleston SC as well as Savannah and Augusta in GA.
Even though, I will have a car, I prefer to use my bicycle for day to day shopping, visiting friends and running errands, as well as recreational exercise.
I've ridden most of my life (I'm over 65) in NYC traffic as well as a number of large Asian cities with no problems.
I just saw on one of the forums a report written in 2012 that southern states tend to be the most dangerous for cyclist and pedestrians, SC being one of the worse, to quote the report "Cyclists are 10 times likelier to be killed in South Carolina than in Oregon".
If true, this would be a big turn off for us to relocate here.
Anyone full time cyclists living in any of the above cities who can shed some light on their sense of safety and how respectful motorists are, not just within the cities but on roads up to 40 miles out?"
Any helpful comments would be appreciated.