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Old 07-28-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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Are there any large US cities with professional job opportunities where it can be easy to bike to/from work as opposed to taking the bus or subway? I currently live in NYC, which is one of the least bike friendly cities out there in my opinion...way too much traffic, crazy drivers, people who constantly double park in the few bike lanes that do exist, and a tremendous amount of "stop and go" because of the city grid.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Probably too many to list, it'd be easier if you could narrow down your criteria some.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Any of the liberal white people cities:

Minneapolis or Madison -- if you can handle the cold
Austin -- if you can handle the heat
San Francisco -- if you can handle the hills
Ann Arbor -- if you don't mind grey skies and gloom
Boulder -- if you can handle all the Dave Matthews Band fans
Seattle -- if you're not afraid of volcanoes
Portland, OR -- if you can find a job
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Portland.
Bloomington if you get a job at State Farm.
Avoid Texas. Don't get tricked into thinking New Orleans is safe for cyclists or in general.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Any of the liberal white people cities:

Minneapolis or Madison -- if you can handle the cold
Austin -- if you can handle the heat
San Francisco -- if you can handle the hills...and the cost
Ann Arbor -- if you don't mind grey skies and gloom
Boulder -- if you can handle all the Dave Matthews Band fans...and the isolation, and the dryness
Seattle -- if you're not afraid of volcanoes...and the cost, and earthquakes (not to mention dreariness/gloom/rain, which belongs here before Ann Arbor)
Portland, OR -- if you can find a job
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:42 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Any of the liberal white people cities:

Austin -- if you can handle the heat
Even though Fort Worth isn't as conservative and white as most people make it out to be, our city isn't seen nearly the same way as Austin.

But just for reference...

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And this goes well with our Trinity Trails system, which was built well for bikes just as much as it was for pedestrians.

Ultra progressive Austin was actually the 4th city behind us, Houston, and San Antonio to have Bike Sharing and it's one of the few things we have that Dallas doesn't. We even have more bikes and stations than Houston, which is more than twice our size. Most of the central city a few years back was made to be more bike friendly, putting in more lanes for bikes and ensuring better safety for riders.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Any of the liberal white people cities:

Minneapolis or Madison -- if you can handle the cold
Austin -- if you can handle the heat
San Francisco -- if you can handle the hills
Ann Arbor -- if you don't mind grey skies and gloom
Boulder -- if you can handle all the Dave Matthews Band fans
Seattle -- if you're not afraid of volcanoes
Portland, OR -- if you can find a job
Pretty much, except that Seattle is a lot like SF: lots and lots of hills. Add in narrow streets, steep hills, crazy drivers, and no bike lanes, and you have a very dangerous city to bike in. This of course doesn't stop it from attracting hoards of dedicated bikers... but improvements in infrastructure for cyclists are necessary.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:12 AM
 
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Are there any large US cities with professional job opportunities where it can be easy to bike to/from work as opposed to taking the bus or subway? I currently live in NYC, which is one of the least bike friendly cities out there in my opinion...way too much traffic, crazy drivers, people who constantly double park in the few bike lanes that do exist, and a tremendous amount of "stop and go" because of the city grid.
Washington DC would be a great pick. It doesn't have the hills or treacherous winter weather largely of many of the "top bike cities", has an excellent job market in terms of the professional sector and is compact enough that getting around isn't a lengthy proposition. The city has lots of bike trails, bike lanes, bike racks and a well-used bike share program too.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Washington DC would be a great pick. It doesn't have the hills or treacherous winter weather largely of many of the "top bike cities", has an excellent job market in terms of the professional sector and is compact enough that getting around isn't a lengthy proposition. The city has lots of bike trails, bike lanes, bike racks and a well-used bike share program too.
It's hilly. It's not Pittsburgh, SF, Seattle, Duluth hilly, but it's not exactly flat either.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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DC is definitely making some serious investments. What I like about its approach is that it's willing to try different models for safety, traffic throughput, etc.

Philly has some ambitious plans, but it feels like the city is a bit more shy about what type of infrastructure investment it's really willing to make. It would be great if the city would take a strong step forward like DC is doing.

Richmond VA is pretty white collar, and is constantly touting itself as a top biking city, but has yet to make any investments except for some sharrows (and some are poorly placed IMO). I think it has some natural strong-suits like Philly such as a natural culture of bike commuters/enthusiasts and a street grid that makes for good biking (only in the city, not the burbs).

Note: I guess you could say Philly is blue collar, but IMO it has a strong white collar workforce as well.
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