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    How many use a bike path on their commute? (PICS)

    I do. I feel very fortunate to have such a beautiful path available. All the threads on three foot laws and commuter safety out on the streets has me thankful I don't have to deal with that. Getting hit by an RV mirror, (seemingly on purpose) by a redneck in Gig Harbor once years ago cured me of wanting to go up against motorists.

    So, I am thankful. Not trying to say all bikes should have to be on a path, but just thankful I have that option. Here is my path. Do you use one? Show me yours!






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    Wow, THAT is a bike path. Sweet. I have a 1.5 mile bike path through town at the end of my commute that is riddled with frost heaves and root bumps. The roads are in way better shape most of the time, but the traffic on the bike path gets out of the way

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    Holy cow, Sunvalleylaw! Scenery like that and a paved bike path?
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    I think sunvalleylaw was just trying to make everyone jealous.

    I don't have anything recent, but here's a favorite shot of the bridge I cross every morning:

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    Except for the ~1km length of the bridge the rest of my morning route is all on road. On the way home I take a different route though, and it's usually at least 1/2 path and 1/2 road.

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    My ride is about 3.75 miles to a MUP and then the remainder (7-8 miles) on the MUP. It's not an exciting trail, but it beats the road, at least from a safety perspective. Need to get a bell for all the pedestrians though. Picture from sometime in the fall I suppose.


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    I could detour for a short section of bike path (<1/2 mile), but it's not that great, trades dogs and joggers for cars, and ends in a more traffic-y area than my direct road route.

    Sunvalleylaw, where the heck are you, those bike paths are ridonkulously nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I think sunvalleylaw was just trying to make everyone jealous.
    Well, not really though it is easy to brag a bit about where I live and the cycling here. @MTBexplorer, I live in Hailey, Idaho, 12 miles south of Ketchum and Sun Valley. I live in Hailey, and commute up valley about 500 or 600 feet of total gain to Ketchum. Usually a headwind thermal in the morning, and a headwind thermal blowing up from the south in the evening. Though in the spring, you might get a tail wind, and that is a fun fast ride!

    We have tons of great mountain biking, particularly cross-country single track, and a growing flow trail system. And of course this really nice bike path that follows the path of the old railroad that brought tourists to Sun Valley back in the day.

    It is very nice, but needs and is getting repair this year. @Commuterboy mentioned frost heaves and roots. We have plenty of frost heaves, (see example in this photo of the path very near my house looking north. see, the path is not all spectacular like the above pics, particularly when you get to town and have a bunch of street crossings. But it is pretty nice.)



    and a few areas of some root intrusion when the path goes down to the river. A little beyond that photo with the bending river is the section that has some root issues. but all that is getting repaired this year. The path has existed since sometime in the late 80's or 90's, and now is getting a full re-build. Fortunately work arounds exist in most spots as work is conducted.

    You guys have some nice paths too. I like that pic of Commuterboy's path with the deer, and Sanath, your path looks beautiful too. @Newfangled, that bridge and weather day looks burly. You are a more committed commuter than I me thinks. But it looks like it is pretty.

    I hope we get more pics and info on available paths in case anyone is traveling around and wants to pedal.
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    Whoa you guys have nice scenery on your paths! I am located in an area where I can use a couple different bike/walking paths that are next to canals that bring water into the Phoenix area from the salt river. They go pretty damn far and are actually very conveniently located to places that I may want to go. Nothing to really look at while riding like you guys.. I snap a pic tomorrow to show you guys the nothingness

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    Whoa you guys have nice scenery on your paths! I am located in an area where I can use a couple different bike/walking paths that are next to canals that bring water into the Phoenix area from the salt river. They go pretty damn far and are actually very conveniently located to places that I may want to go. Nothing to really look at while riding like you guys.. I snap a pic tomorrow to show you guys the nothingness
    Cool! Looking forward to pics!

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    We have paths along the Erie Canal and a river that runs through the city, there's also a few other trails around along old rail lines. If a trail is on the way I'll use it, but I don't go out of my way to use them. There are some sections that have a lot of root problems. Besides that its trading cars for joggers and inconsiderate riders. The joggers wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the ear buds making my bell and "on your left" worthless. The other issue is the 3 abreast riders that don't think they should go single file with traffic coming at them. I've literally played chicken with a 60 year old on a cruiser because she and the rest of the old ladies wouldn't move.

    That said, the trails can be awesome when on my route.

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    No trails, but I work evenings, and in going the opposite direction, have very little traffic, especially in neighborhoods, which make up maybe 70% of the ride in to work. On the way home, I go wherever, as there is no traffic at 0430. I like to shoot off to an area called Anchorage, one of the oldest and most expensive neighborhoods, as I run into the big dear over there, and can hear horses and roosters starting to stir.

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    Last week I had a meeting downtown first thing, so I took the bike path for a bit. Bike sculpture on left. The end of it is dumb, it dumped me onto a one-way street going the wrong direction so I cut through the ATM drive-through to an alley.
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    Yah, it seems the best MUP's are along old railway lines and the like.

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    I'm a heavy bike path user from November to April when other users are few.

    By this time of the year, they are getting crowded to the point where I start to avoid them, and by late June they are usually a gong show during daylight hours. in good weather.

    It occurred to me the other day that I can actually get downtown faster in the winter than in the summer (unless there is lots of snow), thanks to an empty, wide-open bike path with no traffic lights or stop signs.
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    Here some old photos of the bike path I use:

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    Here are a couple from 1 of the paths by me. The cage above it is so you don't get hit by golf balls
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    Here are a few pictures from another canal path in the Phoenix area. This on is much more enjoyable than the path above. There is a disk golf course along side of the beginning then it runs right through a park with some mild mountain bike/hiking trails and right by a small dirt jumping pit. You can take it from Tempe into Phoenix or Scottsdale which is pretty convenient and people out here are horrible drivers so any chance to not be on the road is much appreciated.
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    Thanks for the pics! That path in AZ is pretty though it looks pretty hot and dry to me. Beautiful path though, especially with the water running near it.

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    Yeah it is definitely very hot and dry but it is also very flat so riding is much easier here than a lot of other places.
    I grew up in New England and lived there for 23 years I miss the trees and how green everything is. The trees and plants here are more of a chartreuse I assume because of how dry the air is. It is just not as nice of scenery for me.. Someday I will be back in a place where I can bomb through the forest on some sweet, hard packed single track

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    Is that the Luce Line?

    I ride off street trails for the beginning and end of my ride. But like others this time of year can get a bit tricky since there are a lot more users. I also have a second longer route that is completely off road trails that I like to take now that it is warmer.

    Here are some turkeys, I wasnt fast enough to get pics of the deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw View Post
    I do. I feel very fortunate to have such a beautiful path available. All the threads on three foot laws and commuter safety out on the streets has me thankful I don't have to deal with that. Getting hit by an RV mirror, (seemingly on purpose) by a redneck in Gig Harbor once years ago cured me of wanting to go up against motorists.

    So, I am thankful. Not trying to say all bikes should have to be on a path, but just thankful I have that option. Here is my path. Do you use one? Show me yours!





    sunvalleylaw, I remember that path from when my wife and I first cycled through that area in '92 when on a tour from Spokane to Mexico. We were like, "Wow! This is really nice!". Then we hit Burley... ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scubaklook View Post
    Is that the Luce Line?
    Yes it is, it dumps me out right at my work and I live downtown.
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