Prologue: Views from Out there:
Addendum: Bikeable Cities:
- Bike trails constructed in a fashion that is continuous, rather than sporadic.
- Bike trails that are accompanied by useful maps and guide posts.
- Bike trails that connect the inner core of a community with an outer lying area where roads are broad and shoulders provide cycling avenues.
- Bike trails that are well marked and broad enough that cyclists, pedestrians, and others may share without attacking one another intentionally or accidentally.
- Bike trails intersect with city or village services that make them functional for some, entertaining for others.
- In urban centers, bike lines are well painted and signified.
- Bike lanes do not discontinue spontaneously, and do not overlap with extremely heavily trafficked car lanes.
- Automobile drivers, although sometimes clueless, are generally patient.
- Automobile drivers do not, reflexively, honk, lift middle finger, shake head vehemently or yell behind glass at a rate that I would deem *astonishingly high*.
- You probably wouldn't hear the phrase: *get on the sidewalk where you belong!* too often.
- Parking spaces for cyclists are ample and not an *afterthought*.
- The parking racks are usually a little newer than ca. 1970.
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