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Routes / Child on N. Lakes Route?
« on: July 04, 2004, 10:00:34 pm »
OK, that information eases my mind a bit.  Yes, I agree that any trip that involves as little car traffic as possible is preferable to indirectness of route.  Not just the possibility of careless drivers, but also the breathing of exhaust; kids in buggies are right down there at the level of the car exhaust pipes.  Ick.

No, I'm originally from Fla., so familiar with that area you mentioned (used to live in St. Aug.).  Fla. is very heavily populated now; better areas to ride these days in Fla. might be the Panhandle, but even that is getting pretty heavily populated.  Now I live in Phoenix AZ area which is a complete house of horrors of bad drivers.  Not to mention pollution.

Routes / Child on N. Lakes Route?
« on: July 04, 2004, 02:52:51 am »
I think you're the person that Karla at Advent. Cycling referred
to as having researched the route.  

I'm mainly interested in the traffic and route conditions along
that route (the section between Minneapolis and Traverse
City) and whether they're safe in terms of things like road
shoulders and amount of traffic for a bike towing a small child
in a buggy.  From what I've observed, it seems that car
drivers are sometimes "surprised" by buggies, as buggies
are more rare.  Also, buggies stick out into the roadway more.  

Are Advent. Cycling routes usually designed with the idea of
single-person bikes, or are the routes designed for family/
buggy type touring?   Does it vary depending on the route?

I'd be interested in thoughts along those lines, including from
anyone who's ridden this route -- or a similar one -- recently
with children in tow.

Routes / Child on N. Lakes Route?
« on: July 03, 2004, 02:24:42 am »
Does anyone have an insights about riding the North Lakes
route with a 4 year old towed in a bike buggy?  Safety?

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