[thechat] Bike-friendly cities...

Bruce Heerssen bheerssen at visualbridge.tv
Tue Apr 17 09:23:41 CDT 2001

Thought I'd chime in here with a commendation for my home town of Seabrook, TX. Here in the Clear Lake area (suburb south-east of
Houston) we do have miles and miles of bike trails/lanes. Seabrook itself recently installed something like 10 miles of gravel paved
trails throughout it's residential and recreational areas. That's in addition to bike lanes down it's two major streets. If  you are
into trail riding and happen to be in the area, you should check it out. Email me off-list for directions and prime parking
locations (although just about anywhere will work).

The problem is just as Luther said, however. Unless you carefully arrange things, it is near impossible to bike to and from work.
Then there's the weather. During most months of the year, it's damn hot and humid here - as soon as the sun comes up. So even if you
could ride to work, you'd be sweaty and you'd stink by the time you got there. Not good for "working well with others".

But I still manage to get in at least 20 or 30 miles on the weekends, and I'm improving. :)

As for other cities in the U.S., no there's really not very many - that I know of - that are conducive to biking as a mode of
transportation (rather than as a sport). But there are a few, mostly in New England, in which public transportation works pretty
well; Boston and New York come to mind.


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