iamserenebabe asked: When did you start riding your bike as a significant source of transportation? Why did you start? What are the top two or three things a city can do to make their roads more cycler friendly? Do you say cycler, cyclist, biker (dude), or...?
It was my sophomore year of high school. We lived 6+ miles out of town and I rode my bike back and forth 3 times per day to play tennis with my best friend (I had to be home for lunch and dinner) in the summer. I also rode back and forth between Gustavus Adolphus College and home after HS (26 miles). Coincidentally, I was at my classmate’s wedding (Kathy Morris) to Greg LeMond at the GAC Chapel while I was teaching at Tennis and Life Camps. I say cyclist. Bike lanes are number one on the friendly list. It helps keep cyclists and motorists out of each others way. But “sharrows” in streets that aren’t wide enough for a bike lane are very effective. It reminds motorists and cyclists to share the road. Minneapolis gets high rankings for biking due to it’s cycling culture rather than it’s road rules. Portland OR has the best infrastructure for cycling.