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Old 02-22-09, 02:39 PM
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City design for bike paths. Have any urban sprawl areas built in bike/jogging paths

for their respective towns as they enlarge?

I lived in San Bernardino County in CA a while back and the town I lived in grew considerably but not one bike path or trail get added that I was aware of.

After living in Japan for a number of years it's plain to see that bike lanes in Japan are pretty much the norm (even if people use them as parking).

Best town I ever visited that had urban sprawl in a big way that factored in the bike riders was Hilton Head, SC who have a series of trails. Everytime I go TAD to MCAS Beaufort SC I stay at HH and rent a bike from an LBS and hit the paths. They're okay for beach cruisers but I wouldn't want to ride a full on road bike on one of the paths.

Anyway, are there any cities with new road construction that build in bike lanes or trails? Retirement is sneaking up on me, not that quick, but probably sooner than I'd like.

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I'm lucky enough to live in a city that puts a strong focus on bike path planning. Whether it's through parks or on roads. Here's a map of cycling paths in our city: http://www.cambridge.ca/relatedDocs/2007trailmap.pdf I'm lucky enough to commute 5 km's along the Mill Run Trail which follows the river.

Any City not planning for current / future cycling needs is missing some intelligence.
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Lincoln, NE has been doing it after the fact. The map is somewhat deceptive. Any trail that coincides with a street does so because it's a wide sidewalk. About half of our trails are that way and about 70% of those are entirely too dangerous to be called "helpful." A few of the wide sidewalks are on largely undeveloped arterial roads.

Anyway the north side of town has a lot of great bike routes (crappy unmaintained side streets that offer decent paths across arterials). The south side has a shockingly effective little loop of bike trails. It covers almost nothing but the nothing that it covers has most of the shops. There's one bike trail that connects the north and the south: It's rail trail so the city basically got lucky there.

The biggest thing lincoln has is naturally calm traffic. Most drivers are not only reasonable but they're nice enough to not gun it as they pass.
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I'm lucky enough to live in a city that puts a strong focus on bike path planning. Whether it's through parks or on roads. Here's a map of cycling paths in our city: http://www.cambridge.ca/relatedDocs/2007trailmap.pdf I'm lucky enough to commute 5 km's along the Mill Run Trail which follows the river.

Any City not planning for current / future cycling needs is missing some intelligence.
I live in Cambridge too. I came from Toronto and I was suprised at how many bike lanes this city has. The Grand Trunk trail and the Cambridge-Paris rail trail are beautiful.
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Japan, it's main modes of transport are trains. bikes are to get to the station.

big difference when compared to north america, where we developed roads instead of rails after WWII.
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I live in Cambridge too. I came from Toronto and I was suprised at how many bike lanes this city has. The Grand Trunk trail and the Cambridge-Paris rail trail are beautiful.
I don't see too many Cambridge people on these boards. Yes this city is very cycling friendly compared to others I've seen. Have you checked out Puslinch or the Hydro-cut trails yet?
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After living in Japan for a number of years it's plain to see that bike lanes in Japan are pretty much the norm (even if people use them as parking).
Maybe the norm in Okinawa, but maybe not in Japan overall. I lived in Tokyo for most of the 90s and can't remember seeing a bike lane. We just rode in the road, on the sidewalk, through the parks, wherever we wanted...

FWIW, I was in Visalia, California for the start of stage 5 of the tour of california this week and was reminded that the streets there built from the 60s/70s on all have a parking lane, a bike lane, a wide traffic lane, and also a lane down the middle that you pull in to before making a left hand turn into your driveway or whatever. Old, worn out farmland is cheap and they might as well make the streets super wide with something for everyone.

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