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  •  Another great thing about where I live. (9+ / 0-)

    Wide streets to begin with, at least within a mile or two of downtown in all directions, plus lots of bike lanes. Plus courteous drivers on top of it. At least when we're out of club rides, people are always throwing us off by insisting that we go through intersections first, when we had already stopped for them.

    Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

    by billmosby on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 09:20:43 PM PDT

      •  Bingo! (3+ / 0-)
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        OLinda, balancedscales, greengemini

        Was just on a short 20 mile loop ride down around 7800 south and a few hundred west. People are courteous down around there, too.

        Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

        by billmosby on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 09:33:02 PM PDT

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        •  Is it true (3+ / 0-)

          they designed the streets around the city center to be wide enough for an ox cart to make a u-turn?

          Been to SLC three times, I think - real nice town, unless you're trying to get a drink. Then it can be real ornery. Never could figure out the street numbering either, but otherwise, a real nice town.

          •  Liquor laws have now been normalized. (2+ / 0-)
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            Chimes of Freedom, greengemini

            And the street numbering is just a two dimensional cartesian coordinate system , with north and east where +x and +y usually are, and south and west for the negative coordinates. Or something like that. Be glad Brigham wasn't into polar coordinates or something else, lol!

            I think I've heard the oxcart thing before, perhaps true (4th paragraph down). One other thing they are wide enough for is for the time in the early part of the 20th century when they had up to 4 competing streetcar companies with 4 sets of tracks on some streets (I've seen pictures of this, but can't find a link just now). Imagine the switch system for that. I do read that they were consolidated by, I think it was, the late 20s.

            Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

            by billmosby on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 10:11:22 PM PDT

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            •  I remember being in Park City (0+ / 0-)

              and thinking I'd gone through the looking glass. Every place we went had some different set of rules - like the restaurant where they absolutely would not bring you a second beer until you had completely finished the first one, or the "bars" where you had to join a club and be sponsored before you could get a drink. Then one night we came across a hotel lounge where inexplicably there were no rules! You walk in, you order a drink, they serve you a drink - no BS, no hoops to jump through.

              This was several years ago - so that's all a thing of the past, eh?

        •  I used to go out to SLC two times a year. (2+ / 0-)
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          billmosby, Miep

          Once in the summer for work and a few extra days of riding, once in the winter for work and a few days of snowboarding.

          I couldn't live there, but it's a beautiful place, and a pretty good cycling destination.

          "Kindly go render the fat in your head in a large kettle of boiling water. Thank you." - Bumblebums

          by balancedscales on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 09:44:00 PM PDT

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