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Old 03-08-2014, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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The idea that cyclists have to be shielded from undesirable temperature, humidity and precipitation is a fallacy. The most important thing to shield cyclists from are cars.
100% agree. I commuted over 3000 miles on bike last year, and the only time I didn't ride was when I felt that I couldn't do so safely because of the risk of being hit.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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100% agree. I commuted over 3000 miles on bike last year, and the only time I didn't ride was when I felt that I couldn't do so safely because of the risk of being hit.
I am totally a fair weather biker, though I didn't mind biking in Portland rain, but I did know a number of people who biked no matter what. It was always a rare occasion when they didn't bike.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:41 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Oh, good grief, follow along, would you? Here is your quote that I'm referencing:


Pray tell, what kind of "infrastructure" are you going to build to shield bikers from undesirable temperature, humidity, and precipitation? And how much is it going to cost?
LOL, a tunnel or a covered bike path!

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100% agree. I commuted over 3000 miles on bike last year, and the only time I didn't ride was when I felt that I couldn't do so safely because of the risk of being hit.
I think that is a good policy. I don't think people should be out biking during snowstorms. There's decreased visibility, snow removal probably not underway or just barely so.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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I think that is a good policy. I don't think people should be out biking during snowstorms. There's decreased visibility, snow removal probably not underway or just barely so.
Yeah, it's not worth the risk. I've seen some really stupid bicyclists that are just asking to get hit.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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I am totally a fair weather biker, though I didn't mind biking in Portland rain, but I did know a number of people who biked no matter what. It was always a rare occasion when they didn't bike.
For most of my life I was a fair weather biker, putting my bike away in November and getting it back out in March. But the last five years I have extended the season to 12 months and really enjoy getting out when I can have the trails all to myself. I've always lived in college towns so I'm not the only one out year round. And getting back in shape in the spring is no longer an issue. I will admit that I don't mind riding in the cold and I don't mind riding in the rain, but I hate riding in a cold rain! And when I ride in the snow, it is in POWDER, not messy slush!
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:36 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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The idea that cyclists have to be shielded from undesirable temperature, humidity and precipitation is a fallacy. The most important thing to shield cyclists from are cars.
Agreed, but realistically few will want to bike in truly awful weather except for short weather. I waited for the bus in 10f and some wind. One could ride in that with the right gear but I wouldn't want to. A few mornings ago. Pouring rain and 40s is miserable and possibly dangerous. Light snow is actually not that bad. Back in college, I cycled in worse weather but the distances were shorter.

Maybe extreme, but point is for but the most hard core there are limits.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:38 AM
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One of the biggest downsides of biking in snowy winters is all the salt. It will corrode a bike faster than a car, as a bike has less protection. Winter roads are often full of horrible salty water / slush.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:43 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yeah, it's not worth the risk. I've seen some really stupid bicyclists that are just asking to get hit.
I agree. There are bicycle/car accidents even in *good* weather, too many. In poor weather conditions, it's just riskier. And the car is always heavier than the bike.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I hate how some people try to use weather as an excuse not to build infrastructure. Even in the worst weather cities, 6 months of the year have good enough biking weather.

Bike infrastructure is cheap, but what I didn't realize is how much the bike infrastructure actually makes the other users safer (car and pedestrian) and that seems like a win to me.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:33 PM
 
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It's not exactly safe to drive during extreme weather events either, one might even argue it's more dangerous to drive than bike or walk due to the damage such a vehicle can do when you hit something. I suppose I am spoiled from living in a city with remarkably good cycling/walking weather most of the year, but Minneapolis is one of America's greatest cycling cities, and many Scandinavian countries, who also get lots of snow, are the places with even more bike culture. They seem unconcerned with what the folks here think they should not be doing, and ride their bikes anyhow.
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