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  •  Minnesota bike paths (none)
    When visiting my family in Rochester, MN my younger brother took me on a tour of the area bike paths and I was amazed by what I saw to say the least. Bike paths in little Rochester, MN weaved there way through a large portion of not only the urban center but miles of path connecting the outer suburban centers to the city. And its only warm enough to bike there approx 4 months out of the year!!! Guess it pays to live near the Mayo Clinic...

    I grew up in semi-rural upstate New York, and even there biking on any road that might be considered for regular traffic use required at least a 10% desire to end your own life.

    Now I live just outside of Baltimore, 8 miles from where I work, and would love nothing more than to bike there safely rather than drive, but it would be a suicide mission.

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - JFK

    by jrieth on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 12:06:37 PM PST

    •  bike paths in mn are amazing (none)
      I just moved here from the SF Bay area, and the twin cities area has some extraordinary bike routes. Far beyond anything I've seen anywhere else.

      It's not true you can use them only 4 months a year, though, if it snows enough I believe some are good for cc skiing and other winter activities.

    •  temperature is not much of an issue (4.00)
      if they remove snow from the bike paths.  On flat-flattish terrain, bicycling at 20F can be quite  comfortable given proper gogles. gloves and hood over the helmet.

      (On steeper uphills, you pant and get lungfuls of frigid air, so you have to do it pretty gently).

      I would presume that Minnesota has at least 9 months above 20F.

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