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  •  I've been bike commuting for years. (9+ / 0-)

    A lot of people have valid reasons for not doing so, but it's true that, when it comes down to it, for most people it should simply be a re-organization of personal priorities and time planning.

    And where I live now, with hellacious traffic, the only faster way to work than my bike is via tram. Though even when I was in the Twin Cities (far better trails there than here in Paris by the way, and plowed in winter as well), it would take me 45 minutes to do the 15 miles each way on a bike, while in the car, with traffic, easily 30 minutes, sometimes more. So, biking is cheaper, not too much more time-consuming, and makes you feel a lot better too.

    •  My brother used to live near Minneapolis (5+ / 0-)

      and I remember him telling me about some discussion that came up about how to rework a local highway, and turning it into a bike route was on the list. This in a place where it gets well down into sub-zero temps...that was not considered problematic. I admired the hell out of the people in that region for that.

      "You will not become a saint through other people's sins." - Chekhov

      by mieprowan on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 02:54:05 AM PDT

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      •  And because there is such a good trail system (3+ / 0-)
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        pHunbalanced, letsgetreal, mieprowan

        which is decently maintained and, importantly; plowed, many people bike to work throughout the year there. We used to say there is no such thing is too cold, only too poorly dressed.

        Off road trails are especially important in winter, since automobilists don't tend to be very respectful of cyclists that time of the year, as cyclists tend to need more road (example, biking in the tire tracks after a new snow) and necessarily hinder automobilists because of it. And, of course, in these cases, the typical automobilist assumes the road is meant for him or her, not to be shared.

        •  I have family in New Zealand (2+ / 0-)
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          my impression when I've visited there was that they built the roads for cars to accommodate the bike and hiking trails, instead of the other way around.

          "You will not become a saint through other people's sins." - Chekhov

          by mieprowan on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 03:10:54 AM PDT

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