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On the Northern Tier route you will run into a town called Mentor, Ohio. Watch out the people do not like cyclists at all. Even though it's a "Bicycle Friendly town" someone forgot to remind the people of it. People use horns, taunts or various other stupidities here so watch it this town stinks for cyclists !

And That's All There Is !

If "Bicycle Friendly" relates to Bike Paths, then I vote for Xenia, OH. From the hub at Xenia Station (Old Railroad Station) you can travel South to Cincinnati, East to the outskirts of Columbus, OH, West to Downtown Dayton and even further South towards Middletown, OH, and North almost to Urbana, OH (just north of Springfield).

The paths lead you through various landscapes (mostly flat) and towns which make for great rides. They are well maintained and for the most part everyone one the paths (walkers, rollerbladers, etc) are courteous.

Then again if "Bicycle Friendly" relates to roads - I have yet to find a city that is truly "Friendly". Motorists have yet to understand their responsibility to "Share the Road". I find this true if I "take my lane" at an intersection or simply riding to the right. Motorists are always very eager to prove they can maneuver a 3,000 lb hunk of steel around us and be in front.

Even the media doesn't get it! Anytime there is a story about an accident involving a bike -  it's presented in a way that the cyclist was at fault. I'm not saying we (cyclists) are perfect - we're just not in the wrong 100% of the time.

So, where do I ride; I ride the roads around Xenia and beyond. The bike paths are great for a leisurely ride but I like the openness of the road. There are plenty of back roads out there where motor vehicle traffic is minimal and to top it off there are hills!

This message was edited by Seel on 11-21-06 @ 2:14 AM

Belfast,Maine is on the way toward being very bike friendly. The two main thorougfares now have bike lanes. Our local bicycle shop bends over backwards to help people. Belfast Bicycle Club is very active--three group rides a week and an active time trial schedule. The club also does bike safety rodeos for kids. and our police department registers bikes for 25 cents to cover filing and the cost of a numbered decal. The snowfall is very light here on the coast so we ride pretty well year round. All the fat tired steel bikes come out around this time.

I would agree with Char2006 that Washington DC is pretty hard to beat for a city its size, especially in the Eastern US. We have a growing network of hundreds of miles of bikeable trails including the Mount Vernon, Capital Crescent, Washington and Old Dominion, and Rock Creek Trails, and the C&O Canal towpath.  DC can't hold a candle to Davis California however. I visited Davis in 1979 and I was amazed.  Bike lanes and facilities everywhere.  A community that is totally committed to bikes as transportation. Great weather. And flat terrain.

I live in Portland Oregon. I moved here 6 years ago from the east coast. Portland is the most bike friendly city that I've ever seen. I bicycle commute to work year round (with the exception of ice storm days or wind storm days - not that frequent). My one-way distance is 13 miles with 10 of those miles being on dedicated bike paths. It can't be beat.

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