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Old 10-31-13, 11:01 PM   #1
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Possibly moving to Cupertino area. Car free, car light?

Hi there.

I could possibly be moving to Cupertino area in the next few months. I would like to be car free / car light. Not for any other reason then i love riding my bike. And with work, life, etc, sometimes that gets pushed back. To avoid that why not ride to work.

Now currently I live in DFW area, and the ride to work is a 52 mile return, that I used to do fairly often, and then I started loosing my nerve on some of the roads I HAD to ride on. A 50mph dual lane, no cycle lane, sun rising and setting blinding drivers....

So, i'm not scared of time, or distance, or darkness. I've done rando rides, 24 hour rides (in teams of two or three), and so on.

I have my road bikes, and my commuter bike with panniers, big lights etc.

The area i'm looking at working is that fruity place. Do you have any suggestions on areas to live? I'm looking for an apartment for one - and bikes. I like the friendly, take a 6 pack in, type of bike shop.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-01-13, 07:57 AM   #2
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I suspect there are too many variables at play here to make meaningful recommendations. However I think there are several other employees who work for the company that rhymes with Snapple on these boards who might weigh in. A few I know even live in SF and ride with SF2G down the peninsula and take Caltrain home. Living I'm SF wouldn't be a choice you'd make for convenience or cost reasons though....

Bike commuting is very doable in then Bay Area though so that shouldn't make too much difference in where you choose to live.
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Old 11-01-13, 10:38 AM   #3
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With ZipCar car-free in the Bay Area is fairly easy. With everything the big factor is how much you want to spend in rent/mortgage. Foothill Expressway runs close to 280 and has a wide bike lane/shoulder, and runs along a good section of the peninsula. If you plan reasonably carefully you can live within 1 mi of most shopping, and easily <10 mi from work. Beyond that, get a ZipCar or other car share membership for infrequent needs. We've had several friends use that with excellent success.

The bigger issue is transportation around the Bay Area. Infinity Loop is fairly far from CalTrain, BART, and the Muni system. So closer to there puts you farther from the major transportation routes.

Mountain View and Sunnyvale are both relatively close and have reasonable roads and not too crazy prices.
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Well when they build their space ship near Kaiser in Santa Clara it will be pretty close to a Caltrain station by Costco.
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52 miles round trip to the spaceship puts you in Redwood Shores -- my old commute! (in the opposite direction) The good thing about going that way is that there are several pretty car-free or low-car corridors. Just look at Google Maps in "bicycle" mode.

(These days I ride daily from Stanford to Santa Clara just to keep up appearances)
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