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Old 04-20-10, 08:46 PM
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How far do you live from downtown?

Some people like to ride in the middle of nowhere; other people (like me) prefer the city. If you like urban riding and you ride to the nearest downtown with any frequency, how far do you have to go to get there?

I have to ride about 11 miles to get to downtown Fort Worth. If our evil plan (sell our house and buy one in an older neighborhood) works, we'll be about 3 miles.
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Old 04-20-10, 09:06 PM
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about 10 miles for me, but Reno doesn't have enough of a downtown to be fun to ride in--it's all big-box casinos (booooring). when I'm in larger cities (San Jose, tucson and portland recently), I sometimes do like riding downtown, though. Got stuff to look at, little shops, cab drivers to flip off...
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Old 04-21-10, 07:25 AM
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Hmmm. Maybe I should have posted this to one of the busier forums.
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Hmmm. Maybe I should have posted this to one of the busier forums.
Ya think?

I have to ride maybe 1/2 mile to be in the heart of beautiful downtown Sandfly. We've got a Piggly-Wiggly, a liquor store, two gas station/convenience stores, a gun shop and a Primitive Baptist church. I would ride there more often but the traffic is terrible.
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Old 04-21-10, 09:48 AM
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It's about 25 miles to downtown Kansas City, and about 10 miles to downtown Overland Park (city where I live). I've only rode in DTKC once, and it was fun (about 10:30 at night, no cars). I don't think I'd take the family down there unless it was for ToM (should that happen again).
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I'm in the heart of my downtown! I can bike/walk to everything. 2 Grocery stores, McD's/BK/Wendys, movie theater, drugstore and my job are all less than a mile from me!! Whooot
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Old 04-21-10, 02:17 PM
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I live in the close-in suburbs (for lack of a better description) of Atlanta. When I was working in the midtown area of Atlanta I bike commuted almost every day. Now that I'm retired I have no desire to ride into town. Too many undesirables there. In fact there are more undesirables living in my part of town than I'm happy with. I encounter them too often when I'm doing my recreational/training rides.
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Old 04-21-10, 02:46 PM
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I live (and commute by bike) 9 miles from downtown.
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Old 04-21-10, 07:06 PM
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I'm at the edge of the Seattle metro area. Downtown Bellevue is 12 miles, downtown Seattle about 20.
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Old 04-22-10, 01:52 AM
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I am exactly one mile from downtown where I work and play.
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I live 5.5 miles from town, but rarely ride there, because it is so small.
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Old 04-24-10, 06:26 AM
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Four blocks.

It's a small town.
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I live about 3 or 4 miles from downtown Portland, Maine. It's Maine's largest city and has a population of about 65,000 people. Despite the city's incremental accomodations for bicyclists and pedestrians, they don't seem to be enough. The "Share The Road" signs posted intermittently along the streets telling motorists and cyclists alike had the same rights seems to mean "Get Off The F-ing Road" from the motorists' point of view toward that of the cyclists'. That's why I do my bicycling elsewhere.

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Old 06-02-10, 08:32 AM
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17miles as the crow fly’s, but I can take the lake front path and watch girls, O I mean scenery; that rout is 30 miles.
I asked a friend how comfortable he was riding in traffic; he said “I don’t care I’ll ride anywhere” When we got to State and Madison he said “I take it back, I want to live”! LOL
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Old 06-02-10, 09:07 PM
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7 miles from downtown Montreal. In the middle of town there is a 17 km figure 8 loop over the moutain that is used for cycle races. Eddy M won the world championship on it in 1974 (with lap time somewhere around 22 mins). I sometimes ride it when I want to work on my hill climbing, but my lap time is more like 70 mins. My commute along the Lachine canal takes me close to downtown but I then cross over the river to the South Shore.
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Old 06-02-10, 09:30 PM
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<2 miles
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Old 06-03-10, 03:59 AM
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i stay in two places, one is literally just across the river from downtown manhattan, the other is 18 miles west of manhattan. since i picked up a bike 5 weeks ago, i ride in the city often and love it, 1-2 times a week. this weekend will be an offroader in western jersey though.
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Old 06-04-10, 08:47 AM
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I'm about a 40 minute ride from downtown. Our suburbs just stink for any kind of good stuff at all. There's not a single good restaurant withing 5 miles of where I live.
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Old 08-03-10, 11:22 PM
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prob around a mile from my downtown still like to go there every now and then
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Old 08-04-10, 08:28 AM
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I prefer to run errands on my bike, so downtowns are a requirement. Keep in mind that almost all downtown areas forbid sidewalk riding - and signs are posted everywhere, a fact that we have to point out to motorists frequently, usually referring them to one of the signs - which is enjoyable.

There are about 5 downtowns within a 10 mile radius of my home. Most are easily accessible from our MUP system - in fact, the MUPs all go right into the heart of the downtowns.

I don't mind riding in traffic, but many of my riding partners prefer to avoid it - therefore, we take to the alleys once we arrive in the downtowns. (These are also handy)
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I live in Downtown NY (financial district) and ride my bike away from it
During the week I ride for 16-18 miles on the west side bike lanes and on weekends I go to suburbs to ride - Westchester's North County trailway is awesome.
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I live about 16.5 miles from the center of downtown Salt Lake City. In the Salt Lake valley, though, all of the outlying suburbs use the same street grid and continue SLC's street numbering, so it's as if it's all one big city. I don't have to go through any suburban areas before getting into the city, just different 'town areas' with sometimes different feels depending on the real estate prices of the neighborhoods.
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Old 08-11-10, 11:44 AM
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I live and work in Irvine, a master planned bike community. The beach is 8 miles away. Close to everything in the OC.
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Old 08-16-10, 11:04 PM
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It's about 6 miles to downtown Garland, about 14 miles to downtown Dallas. Although, I don't have much motivation to go either place unless there's some sort of parade or bike event or something. For riding, I try to get out of town, for shopping, there's a bunch of places closer than either downtown. Oh, and downtown Rockwall is about 13 miles and downtown Rowlett is about 5 miles and downtown Mesquite, maybe 9 miles, don't go directly there, though.
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3 miles to downtown Vancouver (pretty sleepy downtown most of the time)
13 miles to downtown Portland (bright lights, big city, all that jazz

I prefer the suburban action. Plenty of bike lanes, some farmland, fresh air, etc.

I'm not far from genuine country roads, but only like those when I get out on pre-dawn patrol on a Sunday. The country roads get a lot of 55 mph traffic, have zero shoulder and typically a 3 ft deep ditch for a big fertilizer truck to run you off the road into...

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