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Old 02-25-2005, 10:34 AM   #21
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I wish sometimes that where I live right now is more bicycle-friendly. Years ago if I am not mistaken, there used to be a talk to build a "bicycle superhighway" here in Toronto so people can commute to work by bike.
There's always discussion about extra bike paths/lanes. *I used to bike commute in Toronto myself for a number of years - going from the Annex to the downtown financial/business district (nice because you got a little help from the gentle slope towards the lake on your way to work). *It was way cheaper than driving or even taking public transit and the "free" exercise was good. *Parking of course was very easy.

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But then they scrapped the plan and build highway for car instead (the original DVP I think - fellow Canadians can correct me if I am wrong).
The original DVP, Don Valley Parkway, was built long ago (1950s?) before there were a significant number of bicycle commuters. *I believe that there have been plans at times for extending and improving the bike paths that run through the Don Valley. *I'm not sure what the current status of these plans are.
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Re: Early Retirement -- The Canadian Way
Old 02-25-2005, 10:53 AM   #22
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I am thinking of moving out of the Northeast for warmer climates, better health insurance and maybe cheaper taxes. I would love to find a city in the Southwest that is somewhat bicycle friendly. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I do a lot of riding (5k+ a year) and would like to continue to commute, shop and get around by bicycle until I'm 103 then I'll settle back. MJ
I must remember wrong- I thought you lived in Atlanta?

Anyway, Seattle is reasonably bike friendly, though not exactly warm much of the year. We have the Burke-Gilman-Sammamish River Trails which are nice and give you time to get rolling. There is also a great ride across Lake Washington.

As to actual commuting, though people do it, I would imagine that whatever health benfits there may be from riding would be eclipsed by the chance of getting taken out by a car or bus on some dark misty afternoon.

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I like Canada. Even the bums are low-maintenance.

The most elegant and sybaristic panhandler I ever met approached me on St. Catherine Street in Montreal. He tipped his beret, smiled through his neatly groomed goattee, and murmured "Spare change for morning coffee?" He was carrying a Portable Nietzsche.

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As to actual commuting, though people do it, I would imagine that whatever health benfits there may be from riding would be eclipsed by the chance of getting taken out by a car or bus on some dark mistly afternoon.

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Which is why we need a separate bike lane for cyclist (and I don't mean sidewalk). Half a car lane should do it, so cyclist can safely ride on the road. Why? Because some drivers don't seem to understand that they should treat cyclist as another vehicle.

Sharing the road with cars can be scary for cyclists. One guy I know commute to work by bike in Toronto and he got quite a few near-misses...

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I must remember wrong- I thought you lived in Atlanta?
Nah. NY.
To be frank, if it wasn't for the poor health insurance choices, I would prefer keeping NY is my home base, sell my house and buy a co-op or condo.
I don't mind the cold thought I would prefer a few more warmer days. I could travel to get that.

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Which is why we need a separate bike lane for cyclist (and I don't mean sidewalk). Half a car lane should do it, so cyclist can safely ride on the road. Why? Because some drivers don't seem to understand that they should treat cyclist as another vehicle.
The big problem isn't often the road lanes but the intersections. Sure the bike lanes can be safer but that won't fix the issue at intersections unless over- or under-passes are installed too. Oncoming cars that want to turn left while you are going straight through the intersection will often try and beat you even though you have the right of way. This can lead to being cut off (running into the side of the car) or the car running into your side. Cars going the same way but turning right will often not know that you're there (or do but don't care) and will turn into you.

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Sharing the road with cars can be scary for cyclists. One guy I know commute to work by bike in Toronto and he got quite a few near-misses...
Yeah, I've been up on the hood of a cab before when he took the left turn into my side. It's not fun but unless there is some way to protect the intersections then most of this won't go away. It's the same for motorcycle riders too. "Cage" drivers are generally clueless and many treat it more like they are sitting on the couch in their living room rather than that they are guiding a potentially dangerous vehicle.
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Call me weird but I actually like Europe and Europeans.

I remember thinking that if I am not a Canadian citizen, I would like very much to be a Swiss or a Swedish. (Too bad I don't speak fluent French or Swedish).

I think Sweden has one of the highest, if not the highest, rate of suicide in the world. FWIW, their tap water is the best I've ever tasted. Swiss water tastes great too. FWIW, I like to drink water.
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And you can rob a bank with a baguette and enjoy life in a prison thats nicer than a lot of vacation spots in the rest of the world!
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Jane comes across as a leftist. It is a comfort to me that we are located in a different countries And BTW,
Canada would find it's way onto my poop list strictly
based upon its gun laws. I really don't need to know anything else. I will go further. That (gun laws) is
my acid test for any location to reside or visit.

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Oh John, dont poop on Jane. Besides, she's probably a hottie that would make your old tongue fall out of your mouth as you drove your old pickup by her in the bike lane.
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Could be. I am old but not blind

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Nothing but hard core out my way - obscure back lane out of the city - usually a group of guys pedaling away with spandex uni's - sometimes with a pace car holding a spare bike. They get really active come spring and summer.
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