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Can anyone name a worse place for cycling than Florida?

Old 01-28-18, 11:22 PM
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Central Antarctica?
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Old 01-29-18, 06:02 AM
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I developed my road riding chops in Los Angeles, 1970. Now in north central FL. A lot of close calls over the years, but no actual collisions. I don't notice any difference - some dangerous drivers AND cyclists everywhere, but mostly courteous people of both persuasions. However, there must be something to Florida's reputation:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/Florida...-say_164935265

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Old 01-29-18, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by hochflynn View Post
This is the 3rd year out of the past 4 years that I've wintered in Mt. Dora FL - around an hour north of Orlando. I love it - get to see Osprey, eagles, sand hill cranes, herons, ibis, on most rides. Very rural, with easy rolling hills. Also within an hour of 3 great paved trails ranging from over 50 miles to 92 miles round trip. It's a large state, so don't be too quick to criticize.
Yeah, North Florida is practically a different country from South Florida. Hills? Rural roads?
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Old 01-29-18, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by phobus View Post
Yeah, North Florida is practically a different country from South Florida. Hills? Rural roads?
Hills - Some short ones can be found. Thrill Hill is an 11-14% grade depending on which direction you approach it. And entering Mt. Dora is 6-7%. Mostly flat to gently rolling.
Rural - Absolutely. It's in Lake County, hence all the waterfowl and raptors. Tons of citrus groves and a few cattle farms.
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Old 01-29-18, 12:11 PM
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Northern Idaho

+ Bike lanes everywhere
+ Big network of well groomed bike trails
+ Wide meandering sidewalks
+ Stop signs don't apply to bikes
+ Red lights don't apply to bikes
+ Legal to use sidewalk if necessary
+ Scenery and wildlife
+ Perfect Summer weather

- LONG BRUTAL winter
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Old 01-29-18, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
+ Bike lanes everywhere
+ Big network of well groomed bike trails
+ Wide meandering sidewalks
+ Stop signs don't apply to bikes
+ Red lights don't apply to bikes
+ Legal to use sidewalk if necessary
+ Scenery and wildlife
+ Perfect Summer weather

- LONG BRUTAL winter
Wait. We were listing places that are amazing for cycling but also have natural weather patterns?
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Old 01-29-18, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Carcosa View Post
Wait. We were listing places that are amazing for cycling but also have natural weather patterns?
It's too easy to list horrible places.
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Old 01-29-18, 06:54 PM
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Old 01-29-18, 10:24 PM
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South Florida, from West Palm Beach down to Miami, ranks right up there with Chernobyl and Syria in terms of cycling.

Nobody walks anywhere, ever. People drive to cross the street. It is a car-centric place and jam packed like New Jersey at rush hour. The first thing people do when they get in their car is dial the phone.

Etc.


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Old 01-30-18, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by SCRcat6 View Post
Chernobyl

Fukushima
is better.

I'm sure you can get quite close.

Apparently it is cheap to travel to from China to Sendai.

Go skiing, be sure to bring the kids along.
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Old 01-30-18, 02:57 AM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
+ Bike lanes everywhere
+ Big network of well groomed bike trails
+ Wide meandering sidewalks
+ Stop signs don't apply to bikes
+ Red lights don't apply to bikes
+ Legal to use sidewalk if necessary
+ Scenery and wildlife
+ Perfect Summer weather

- LONG BRUTAL winter
Sounds great and I love cold weather. Although driving through Idaho it looked bland compared to Oregon. Still would prefer it over Florida.
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Old 01-30-18, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
- LONG BRUTAL winter
I don't recall reading about it, so do you fatbike or MTB to break up that frigid time? I can imagine that maintenance and N+1ing your fleet of good lookers takes some time!
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Old 01-30-18, 06:41 AM
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I love Florida for riding. Endless miles of nearly car free country roads winding through the trees. I can do a century without hitting a traffic light. Just depends on where in the state you're riding.
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Old 01-30-18, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ryan_rides View Post
Sounds great and I love cold weather. Although driving through Idaho it looked bland compared to Oregon. Still would prefer it over Florida.
Gotta hit Northern Idaho. The Panhandle area. Pretty much the opposite of central and southern.

Originally Posted by North Coast Joe View Post
I don't recall reading about it, so do you fatbike or MTB to break up that frigid time? I can imagine that maintenance and N+1ing your fleet of good lookers takes some time!
Nope. I don't ride in the white stuff. Being from SoCal originally, I hate the cold. I hate it more now than when I moved here in 2006. I tinker with the bikes and ride a stationary bike until it clears up outside. It sucks. Southern Utah is in my future.
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Old 01-30-18, 12:37 PM
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Visiting southern FL next week. Was planning on maybe renting a bike and riding. This thread has made me reconsider.
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Old 01-30-18, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by 50voltphantom View Post
Visiting southern FL next week. Was planning on maybe renting a bike and riding. This thread has made me reconsider.
I'd say it's worth it if you're visiting and looking for something to do. A ride up the beach on A1A is a nice way to spend a few hours, and the weather right now is perfect. Do a late-morning ride (i.e., post-rush hour) during the week if you can. Less traffic.
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Old 01-30-18, 01:56 PM
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I live in North Central Florida and think we have some pretty decent cycling. A lot of the railways have been converted to paved trails via the Rails to Trails program, so there is a decent amount of traffic-less riding areas where you can get in some decent rides. The weather can be a bit hot sometimes, but at least we don't have to deal with ice and snow. lol
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Old 02-03-18, 06:35 AM
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Old 02-03-18, 08:40 AM
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I rode today and didn't even get shot at or run over once.

I did see a bird get hit by a car, though. Do you think there's a thread like this on birdforums.net?
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Old 02-04-18, 06:42 PM
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I've had experience riding in florida and I agree 100% that it's the worst place for cycling.
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Old 02-04-18, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
South Florida, from West Palm Beach down to Miami, ranks right up there with Chernobyl and Syria in terms of cycling.

Nobody walks anywhere, ever. People drive to cross the street. It is a car-centric place and jam packed like New Jersey at rush hour. The first thing people do when they get in their car is dial the phone.

Etc.


-Tim-
Tim,

That's pretty much spot on for New Jersey. I used to watch a co-worker drive across the street every day to go to work. Not even enough time for the car to warm up. Georgia seems car-centric at times too (they're always adding more lanes for cars!) and at first glance there's no place for cyclists on the roads. Difference is, a lot of people really slow down for cyclists, and some won't even pass you. In NJ, they yell at you and try to startle you.

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Old 02-04-18, 07:20 PM
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Tim,

That's pretty much spot on for New Jersey. I used to watch a co-worker drive across the street every day to go to work. Not even enough time for the car to warm up. Georgia seems car-centric at times too (they're always adding more lanes for cars!) and at first glance there's no place for cyclists on the roads. Difference is, a lot of people really slow down for cyclists, and some won't even pass you. In NJ, they yell at you and try to startle you.

Dave

I remember one ride where you kept waving motorists through. At first I thought you were telling me to come up and take a pull, then I realized you were signaling cars to pass.

Georgia motorists are very confused. Few would last five minutes in Chicago or Boston or NY or Philly. The people who design roads down here don't help.

The pavement is pretty silky though, and the daffodils will be up in a few weeks.


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Old 02-04-18, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I remember one ride where you kept waving motorists through. At first I thought you were telling me to come up and take a pull, then I realized you were signaling cars to pass.

Georgia motorists are very confused. Few would last five minutes in Chicago or Boston or NY or Philly. The people who design roads down here don't help.

The pavement is pretty silky though, and the daffodils will be up in a few weeks.


-Tim-
I'll take confused over agressive lol. There are some aggressive drivers but most drivers seem pretty cool. Haven't had a flat down here yet, despite riding mostly road. Definitely looking forward to the spring! Going to scout out some new rides too. Have you tried the Noonday Creek trail in Kennesaw?

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Chernobyl
Lol didn't that Lucas Brunelle dude do a cycling trip through there?
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