I have biked a few times on ice in Paris, and I am not a big fan of it. However, I rode so carefully those times that nothing scary ever happened. When it is just cold, no problem for me -- I don't mind wrapping myself up as much as necessary.
No, cold doesn't bother me either. For one thing, you are doing exercise and warming yourself up. I often cycle at about -5c or so, when there isn't too much snow and ice. Sometimes we get cold snaps like that without snow or ice. You mostly need good leather gloves and a scarf and hat - no extremities exposed.
Warm clothes yes, but they mustn't be too bulky either. If you visit www.copenhagencyclechic.com you'll see lots of people looking great, dressed for winter. Of course being tall and blond(e) doesn't hurt.
-5c with not much snow and ice, sure... But I'm sure you get much worse weather than that in Montreal that would make it much more difficult.
Here in Milwaukee we had 100 inches of snow last winter, and we get plenty of days where it is below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. (below -18c) Usually it's just one or the other -- very cold or lots of snow, not both. But it's hard to bike year-round here.
That's great St. Louis has made such great strides. When I lived there (a long time ago) it was ok out in the suburbs but that's about it. I see New Orleans got an honorable mention. Thanks for this B.
I did see Baton Rouge with a bronze. You know,as long as I've lived in LA, I can count on one hand the times I've been to Baton Rouge. I never have a reason to go there. But, I am thrilled that anyplace in LA is doing something noteworthy in a positive bend. Maybe BR because of all the students?
Alot of things should be further along...let's be hopeful and grateful they're going this way. Hanging out with younger people does this for me. As for cycling,there are so many more people visible on the street going to and fro work and school. I see them early in the morning when I take Papi out for his walk and again in the early evening. It wasn't that way ten years ago,at least not here. The farmer's market is working on giving discounts to cyclists.
Why on earth would a young single person have a 4 x 4? Is that what is known also as an SUV, or urban tank? Big lumbering thing. I can't even understand that - seems to me a young guy would want a fast, nervy sportscar if he has a car. Guess I remember what my cousins had - they were never new - they spent countless hours fixing them up and getting them shiny paint jobs.
It's as if even youthful machismo has gone all supersized...
In the meantime, 50-something cyclist encountered her first snow squall of the season a couple of days ago. Nasty snow-sleet-rain. And incredibly rude and impatient drivers.
No snow now, temps are more seasonal, but is far from those beautiful sunny red and golden autumns people from Europe gasp about in these parts. (Our springs are woeful; usually our autumns are nice).
Something occurred to me while looking at the bad cycle lanes -- I'll bet you there are government funds for municipalities which provide "green spaces" and "cycle-friendly environments" and other things that sound good on paper. The municipality executes a cursory nod towards these benevolent concepts, writes a report, then rakes in the dough.
Jeez,frightening,I would say comical in the worst possible way because of the absurdity of most of them. I suspect you are very correct in what you say B. We happened to luck out in some respect to this. After Katrina, the mayor and City Council hired the now gratefully departed so called Recovery Czar,who turned out to be a major disappointment to many. One of the things he did do was address this very issue. Because he was an enthusiastic cyclist himself he recognized and highlighted NOLA's potential as a cycle friendly city. While he was here,he organized bicycle tours into the various districts of the city and accompanied by key officials and citizens of these districts cycled into the sections to survey the damage and needs to be addressed. (Some of these tours were quite comical as some of these officials had not rode a bicycle in god knows how long. Some sent staff members in lieu of). In my district I rode along and it was great fun. Some parts of the district that I would never go due to high crime, I was able to ride alongside NOPD members and view the area with fresh and astonished eyes. What will happen with all this is yet to be seen. At least it's on record.
I forgot all about this thread! Anyone bound for Miami Beach will be thrilled by the bicycle friendliness of that town.We did not use a car the 5 days I was there except to take an excursion to the Everglades(to ride bikes!). Well paved accessible bike lanes and courteous drivers. I was able to zip wherever I wanted to go with the greatest of ease. Also,a long,long (again,well paved) path all along the Atlantic made for lovely rides anytime of day. There were a few patches of sand here and there that were a little cumbersome but,not a big deal.
Love the old Raleigh Lagatta! And ,you know I am thrilled about your being able to ride this time of year!
Time to get out the bicycles in the northern hemisphere!
It sure is and I am so ready! Generally,one can ride year round here. This year (winter),the exception due to record cold,wind and of late major deluges. There is currently work being done to widen two major avenues here to accommodate cyclists. I am dubious of some of the work I've seen,but am hoping for the best. My main fear is that the racing cyclists,arrogant SOB's will not take them over and mow down the likes of cyclists such as myself. Is there monitoring done in other places that anyone knows of to curb this? There are plenty other places here for them to do their racing.
Usually, only the boldest ride year-round here. Young guys with a suicidal bent, or courriers (sometimes one and the same). But many more did this year. I'm so enjoying tooling around on my bicycle, though I've mostly been working at home so it has just been to run errands, none very far.
There is a lot of crap on the streets - and I don't literally mean just "crap" as in dogshit, but pieces of stuff, broken glass, metal, nails. One of my tires blew out - not just the inner tube but the tire. I suspect the tire was ready to be changed anyway, although it still had a tread. Fortunately I wasn't too far from my home, so I could walk it back and have it repaired at my usual repair place.
casimira, I HATE those lycra louts. I've had more problems with them than with the macho type of car (and SUV) driver.
There was a car ad here with the theme "tasse toi, mon oncle!"
"Tasse toi, mon oncle" or "Tasse toi, ma tante", are things that sort of young'un shouts at people a generation (or two) older who is assumed to be going too slow. Note the tutoyage to top it off. (Although the familiar "tu" is more common in Québec than in France, it would still be extremely rude from a younger person to an older person he or she doesn't know).
As for curbing such arseholes, there is also a cultural aspect. In really cycling-friendly cultures, there is space for people of all ages and speeds. It is rare that people will try to race in Amsterdam or Copenhagen - people wanting to do so will go out on the roads in the countryside.
By the way casimira, I'm so glad to see you've returned. Bisous.
Cycling over this past year, I have found the automobiles to be surprisingly courteous in Paris. Particularly in the smaller streets, when they would have gone barreling through in the past, they do pay attention to whether a bike is coming up on the right, and they stop if they see one. Trucks are another problem.