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Old 08-27-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I recently moved from Portland, oregon where cycling to work, to play, and life is just that; a way of life. I've found it a rare oddity in Jacksonville, Florida, confined to a speckled oasis - if you can find it.
He heat is formidable, that's for certain. The roads are less navigable, that's also certain.

Does anybody cycle to work? ~

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/pace-of-chicago/biketowork.jpg (broken link)

No. This is not me ~ my helmet is yellow, if you must know.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Florida/Nebraska
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Portland, and Jacksonville are like 2 different worlds. I don't see many cycle to work here, and quite often on the news someone on a bicycle has been hit by a vehicle. It's like battlebots on the roads here, and there's not too many cycling trails right within the city. Be careful where you ride, people won't watch out for you.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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On a cool day I will. I live 5 miles away from work.
Youll see more of that near downtown in Riverside ,Springfield ,and San marco neighborhoods and at the beach, esp Atlantic beach.
youd have to be crazy to ride most of the South side of town.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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I prefer to ride my bike because I want to, and not because I have to.. meaning, I prefer to ride recreationally and not use my bike as my means of getting from point A to point B. It's wonderful to go for a ride around my neighborhood, or to the beach and back, and I try to do this at least a few times a week. We live near Jax Beach though, so it's not so formidable for us to get to the beach (no giant bridges to cross..)

Where in Jax do you live?? Certain areas (as mentioned in the post above) are more bike friendly whereas others arent.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:22 PM
 
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You would be a puddle of sweet with humidity here. Also not a bike friendly town. I see people bike all the time down in my area of town . A lot like to ride from the inter-coastal to the beach on a road with no bike lane and no shoulder. I really like to bike but I want to die of natural causes, not ran over by a pick up truck with a gun rack and a confederate flag on the antenna.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Back To Colorado Or Into Wyoming In 2019
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You don't see that here! Well, come to think about it, you could very well see that up on the northwest side of Jax. We went to the Swap Meet/Market Place up there once, next to I-10, and the people/some vehicles "looked a lot like Dixie" there. No Thanks!
See very few people riding bicycles here in the Baymeadows/Mandarin area where we live.


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You would be a puddle of sweet with humidity here. Also not a bike friendly town. I see people bike all the time down in my area of town . A lot like to ride from the inter-coastal to the beach on a road with no bike lane and no shoulder. I really like to bike but I want to die of natural causes, not ran over by a pick up truck with a gun rack and a confederate flag on the antenna.
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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I think I meant to say sweat not sweet, though maybe calling it sweet might make sweat less offensive sounding. I also did not want to single out the pick up truck crowd, as I would also not like to be run over by a text messaging, man who gets pedicure BMW driving type either. I am not prejudice when it comes to people I do not want running me over. Just want to make that clear in case I ever decide to run for public office.
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: southern california
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biking and jogging is andorphine driven-- the more you do it- the more it feels good. the fact that you are in dangerous places, lots cars and muggers, where you will get killed or injured, becomes unimportant, you are there to get high b4 and after work.
been there done that.
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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I think I'll stick with a gin and tonic after work and coffee before ....and bike when I'm sober. Though your kind of biking might make for a good reality show.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I ride my bike to work a 2-3 times a week. I live 1 mile, literally, away, but I do need to drive on occasion for work....so I have to pick my spots.

It's usually an ok ride at 8am....not too muggy yet. Really, if you're only ride 5 minutes or so, you'll be ok no matter what.

As has been stated, the older historic neighborhood around Downtown and the neighborhoods by the Beaches are the only one's that would be viable to ride to work regularly without risking your life, so that's where you'll it.
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