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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 quite a bit longer, but I'd guess that there are pretty few major roads without bike lanes on it. BRouter is a nice tool that builds on OpenStreetMap data, and ...


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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 there are some cycle lanes along the roads that I checked. You can do some more verification using this. It is labeled as ECG on the map, which I believe is ...


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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 sufficiently small. There just happen to be more men than women. If the number of women increase to be unwieldly with 4 categories, they'll presumably add a cat ...


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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 days in the fall and put the bike away in winter. So, sales tend to decline in the Fall/Winter (and the deals come out), so looking in Fall is probably the ...


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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 motorcyclists I noticed. The lighting is poor and patchy Many of the vehicles travelling the lower deck do not have lights on. The road surface is patchy and ...


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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 here, I'll post what I found from California's DMV. Pedestrian in Bicycle Lane 21966. No pedestrian shall proceed along a bicycle path or lane where there is an ...


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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 sidewalks (this isn't always permitted depending on area). For example, to quote the New Jersey driver's manual, for a controlled intersection: An intersection is ...


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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 lower level [is] for through-traffic and trucks servicing buildings on the road Forget it. Find a route cyclists use. Your first priority should be to survive ...


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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 interstates. (You may find this strange, but I considered the interstate nearly the safest riding I've ever done.) From the saddle it looks a whole lot like this. ...


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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 for me thus far on major roads are: Visibility - So flashing rear and potentially front lights Helmet High Visibility clothing If you can drive the route ...


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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 know of". The longer answers... In general in the US, casualty (theft/loss), liability (payment to others when you are at fault), life, and health insurance ...


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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 Diamond): Carbondale, Colorado Durango, Colorado Park City, Utah* Santa Cruz, California Scottsdale, Arizona Steamboat Springs, Colorado* Tempe, Arizona Tuscon,...


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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 or stream crossings. It's good to ride with others to get to know trails and techniques and have some technical backup, plus it's just good to ride with ...


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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 able to turn right on red. At the light, you are moving at exactly the same speed as a stopped car going straight and so there is really no reason for you to ...


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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 bay bike stores. Second, the gravel trails around here are all fairly gentle in terms of terrain except for some steep hills. You could do them all with a ...


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If it's from one of the big brands (Trek, Specialized, Giant etc.) then you should be fine. Only difference between one bought in the UK and one in the US would be brakes mounted opposite way round (i.e. front brake operated by left lever rather than the right), and maybe paintjob!


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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. The only real issue is that the sweat can corrode the non stainless slide and spare magazine. If you can spring for it get your slide and magazine covered at ...


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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 more specifically Germany) the pressure of building these roads has been an increasing trend in big cities as well as smaller villages.


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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 work each morning mostly down upper Wacker for the bulk of the way. I come home for lunch on the same route, and then back to the office in River North. I ...


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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://wwwdocs.minneapolismn.gov/bike/index.html shows all the bike stuff might be overly detailed. Apparently its well signposted with maps on the way. They're ...


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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 so just walk them - I am a pretty good rider and I walk them as I want to keep my teeth.


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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 company is called BDAE - Bund der Auslands-Erwerbstätigen, they work with Würzburger. The liability explicitly covers bicycles "4. aus dem Besitz und dem ...


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From my experience with custom/stock graphics you've got three options: Manufacturer: Contact the manufacturer, in this case Cannondale, and see if they have any sticker sheets available. Sometimes they'll have old stock, but more often they only have the last few years. 3rd Party: Look for someone selling sticker sheets or vintage logo sheets. Sometimes ...


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France has such a law (1 metre in cities, 1.5 metres in the country). That safety margin is also applicable to passing pedestrians and animals. France (and, "much of Europe") also has a "strict liability law" (ref and ref), IOW if there's an accident then it's up to the car-driver to prove that they're not negligent.


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I don't think you'll get reliable legal advice on the internet. That said, here are a few observations: The fine is clearly totally unreasonable. Glendale seems to have some totally unreasonable laws regarding bicycles on the book: apparently you have to pay 50 cents a year to register your bicycle. I have no idea if this is enforced. See http://www.ci....


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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 a GPX file, so you could load that onto a GPS device, or other mapping software as required.


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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 are on a seperate bike path. There are however, a couple unusual apsects: The NE missing link. From about Huron and the river road, to Stinson and St. Anthony ...


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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 will yield to a bicyclist and whoever is behind them in the following car will follow suit. How other cities/neighborhoods have reacted is beyond my reach, since ...


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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 safepacker holsters to get to the sites . On the early portion of the trip I carried a 44 magnum Alaskan redhawk, then switched it out with a glock 20 and ruger ...


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