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  •  drivers aware (7+ / 0-)

    In France, it seems to me the drivers expect and accept cyclists on the road.
    I think that everyone has to take driving lessons before getting licensed to drive a car too.

    Education matters, it's one of the E's that are rated when a town qualifies as a Bike Friendly Community.

    18 brand new Bronze level BFCs this year.

    "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." [Ray Bradbury]

    by RosyFinch on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 10:23:45 PM PDT

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    •  i see boulder and portland finally caught up (3+ / 0-)
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      not quite as lonely at the top as it used to be here in davis.

      surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

      by wu ming on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 01:39:56 AM PDT

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      •  I'm from Portland (3+ / 0-)
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        in the city not the burbs. There are on some streets more bikes then cars. Cars have learned to share the roads with bikes. We don't have any streets yet that are only bikes but have urban corridors which run along the river and connect neighborhoods and only walkers and bikers can use them.  My husband bikes to work 7 miles using mainly the corridor.  

        We also have bike routes which keep you off the really busy thoroughfares where the big nasty SUV's and other car communters use as ways to get out of the city and back to the burbs. As someone who does both but mainly bikes in town, it has become second nature to share the streets with the bikes.

        There are bike shops sprouting up who customise bikes for serious transportation and hauling. They are designs available for hauling every thing from your kids to pizzas for commercial delivery. Bike trucks lol.    

        •  bike trucks used to be the main beast of burden (0+ / 0-)

          all over east/southeast asia. these days, not quite so much, but if you build the frames sturdy enough, and gear them lot enough, they can haul an insane amount of goods.

          surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

          by wu ming on Sat Sep 25, 2010 at 09:17:27 PM PDT

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