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How to mitigate the risk of riding on highways

Google is probably not the best tool for this, it's not tailored to the needs of cyclists. I would always use BRouter, here is the route it produces when I ask it to give me a safe route. The route is ...
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How to mitigate the risk of riding on highways

If you go to OpenStreetMap ("Cycle Map" layer), there appears to be some kind of cycle lane for the roads heading down the east coast. I did some quick checks with Google Street View and ...
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Why don't women have Cat. 5?

Its to control the size of the field. The number of categories grows as the number of riders increases. This is so that you split people by ability more (for better consistency) and keep the fields ...
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Riding on the shoulder of a road with a "do not drive on shoulder" sign

Yes, it's fine. You're heading north on Loop 360 in Austin, Texas. You might actually run into me or any number of roadies out there. Your main problems will be crap people throw on the shoulder; and ...
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Best season to get a Bike on clearance

In the US, you generally expect bicycles to get cheaper towards October/November, rather than May/June/July. Everyone wants to buy a bicycle when Spring gets nice and Summer. Then, they'll ride a few ...
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is biking lower wacker drive in Chicago a good/feasable idea?

Answer (tl;dr) Find another route. I checked around using google street view to get the image in the question. Some observations... There are no cyclists visible anywhere. There are also no ...
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Are runners or pedestrians allowed to use the bike lane?

Found this thread as I was looking for the same answer for the legality of pedestrian running on the bike lane with a perfectly good sidewalk next to them. Since I have not seen this being answered ...
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How to (safely) navigate a four-way stop

US law is state dependent, but generally, if you're a bicycle on the road, you're considered equivalent to a motor vehicle. If you're a bicycle on a sidewalk, you follow the rules for people on ...
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is biking lower wacker drive in Chicago a good/feasable idea?

No, it's not a good idea If you said that you see many cyclists every time you drive there, then that would be a route to consider. But you see only a few cyclists. The Wikipedia page says the ...
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Do we have a bike insurance in the US?

Is there any bike insurance which covers both bike and life? The short answer to this is "yes". Is there any bike insurance which also covers rental biking? The short answer to this is "not that I ...
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How to mitigate the risk of riding on highways

I've actually ridden in Florida on numerous roads built very similarly to the stretch of US 192 you're concerned about, in addition to thousands of miles of sometimes very busy highway and even ...
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Looking for a bicycle community in the Southwest US similar to Philadelphia/Seattle style

According to the League of American Bicyclists, the following communities in the Southwest USA have gold level like Seattle does (no community in the Southwest has Platinum, and none in the USA have ...
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How to mitigate the risk of riding on highways

There usually is a way to avoid major highways, but it will just take longer. However, it usually is worth it to avoid really unsafe roads or major highways. The best pieces of advice that has worked ...
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Riding on the shoulder of a road with a "do not drive on shoulder" sign

I’m not a lawyer, but in the photo you presented, I’d do it. Since it’s cited as an reason found by an “engineering study”, I suppose the issue is that the shoulder can’t take the weight of motor ...
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Ride on rightmost lane that goes straight or right yield to drivers?

I do this regularly biking in the US. Taking the lane at an intersection reduces many dangers at intersections. If there was a car in the lane that was going straight the cars behind would also not be ...
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What are the best ways to start gravel biking for a complete novice (in the Bay Area)?

Gravel riding does not have to involve getting over 'technical' obstacles on the bike, although even on straightforward trails you may find you have to carry the bike over obstacles such as mud, steps ...
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What are the best ways to start gravel biking for a complete novice (in the Bay Area)?

Welcome to the Bay Area! First, you should become a member of Bike East Bay - they provide advocacy as well as produce bike trail maps for the east bay. Being a member gets you a discount at most east ...
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is biking lower wacker drive in Chicago a good/feasable idea?

About me - I live in downtown Chicago and have been riding seriously in the city for 10 plus years, for most of the year, multiple days per week. For the last 2 years, I have been walking to and fro ...
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Is there an online bike map for the Grand Rounds bike trail in Minnesota?

You can get a printed map from Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board office: 2117 West River Road Or, you can call 612-230-6400 or email info@minneapolisparks.org and they’ll send you one. http:/...
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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?

One option that works well for me is using a belly band holster and a Ruger Lcp. It hides easily under my cycling jerseys and is comfortable and secure even on 70+ mile rides in the heat of summer. ...
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How to mitigate the risk of riding on highways

In the end: get political support for building bike roads and bike lanes. Either do that yourself or with the help of a union of NGO's (as these goals lie in curbing climate change). In Europe (or ...
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What are the best ways to start gravel biking for a complete novice (in the Bay Area)?

Nice bike. Just venture out. You can walk any section you are not comfortable with. I jump / hop on my mtn bike but there are only a few spots I jump my cyclocross. Off (down) camber drop is scary ...
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How much should I spend on my helmet?

MIPS may possibly make a sense, so money and choice permitting you could choose the helmet with MIPS. Some do not believe, ok. I personally also have the one with lights because I commute in the night....
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Insurance for carless cyclist in California

I found one insurance that will be of interest for Germans: The insurance broker OSD offers a liability insurance for German nationals that live temporarily abroad, for up to 5 years. The insurance ...
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Is there an online bike map for the Grand Rounds bike trail in Minnesota?

It seems most of it is mapped on OpenStreetMap. You can use the Waymarked Trails website to view it on a map. Waymarked Trails - Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway That has a link to download it as ...
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Is there an online bike map for the Grand Rounds bike trail in Minnesota?

The first map the OP linked to plus a little bit of colloborating at google maps is the best source of info. As the other poster said, there is pretty good signage, and for the majority of it, you ...
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What is the "3 foot law" and which US states have it?

The 3-Foot Law passed a few years back has brought much more awareness with motorists and cyclists alike here in CA. I have noticed greater compliance here in Midtown Sacramento where one motorist ...
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How to carry a concealed firearm on a bike?

I pedaled my bicycle from Seattle to key west carrying two guns . I used two safepacker holsters strapped through the waist band for a Fannie pack which was attached around my waist. Just Google ...
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How do I gear up a bike for winter riding?

Here is an awesome guide/story on everything you need to know about winter bike commuting. "Frostbike" by Canadian cycling author Tom Babin. He takes you through his journey on starting to bike ...
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