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Old 01-17-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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I'm thinking about moving to California -- and I'd really like to be in a city where I wouldn't need a car.

How do you think I would do in Santa Cruz without a car? What's the biking scene like there?
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:50 AM
 
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It's a nice town for biking, there's a long walking/riding trail along the ocean bluffs. UCSD is gorgeous, it's more like a redwood forest with a few buildings than a university, and then you can emerge from the trees to see the ocean at a short distance.

The bus system is very extensive for a town that size.
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:09 PM
 
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Default it's a great place to not have a car

Santa Cruz (and I'm speaking of the entire county ... not just Santa Cruz proper) is a great place if you don't want to drive a car.
It has one of the best bus systems in the country (other cities have studied it to improve their own). The buses have really good easy to use racks if you need to ride the bus and take your bike with you.
It's a very cycler friendly area with good bike lanes on the road and fairly conscious people who give you a wide birth when they pass you in their cars ... generally speaking that is.
Lots of mountain biking through the redwoods and mountains as well and also when the tide is out you can ride forever on the beach.
There are ride your bike to work days too and it's generally a conscious place with alot of athletic people but without the hype and ego. Lots of lazy people too .... like me
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