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The Places in the World Where you Felt the Most Respected by Drivers

Old 07-16-20, 05:22 PM
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The Places in the World Where you Felt the Most Respected by Drivers

Please share with others where you have felt the safest riding your bike in the World. Where drivers were the most respectful waiting for cyclists to climb before passing them, where drivers were slowing before passing, where drivers on the other side avoided passing at the same time cyclists were in the other side, where you didn’t get honked, etc...
The most respectful places I have ridden were in order:
1)Spain (Girona)
2)France (Alps&Pyrenees)
3)Martinique (Anse d’Arlet)
4) Italy (Dolomites)
5) West Virginia (Blue Ridge Parkway)
6) Virginia (New Castle)
7) Vermont (Jay Peak)
8) Arizona (Tucson)
9) Florida (Tampa & Miami)
10) Quebec (Greater Montreal)
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French/Swiss Alps
Iowa County Wisconsin
Land Between the Lakes, KY
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How come Jakarta isn't on the list?
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Old 07-16-20, 05:41 PM
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Colorado - Durango / Telluride...which had heavy police traffic inforcement
Arizona - Sedona
Quebec - Montreal
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Europe as a whole but even more so where I lived in Northern Italy. The drivers are used to seeing cyclists and don't act like you are impeding on them by using the same road. The drivers in Wisconsin so far are pretty decent too.
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An abandoned stretch of road, behind the Stone Mountain park golf course, where motorists are not allowed.... In metro Atlanta... "go fish!"
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Copenhagen, been there twice. Cycling heaven.
Japan, never have had a problem and where I felt the safest.
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I am going to give a vote to Moore county in North Carolina. I have gone there for spring training numerous times and have found the drivers there to be very polite. Pretty much anywhere I have ridden in France has been very good, and Montreal drivers have really improved over the last few years
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France - while waiting to cross the road in Rambouillet, some drivers even stopped to let me cross first.
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Canary Islands are good, a lot of pro go there to train and Lanzarote especially very popular place for cyclists and triathletes. Only time I got hassled by a driver was a tourist in a rental car. No surprise there...
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Spain for sure. Not in USA. Sad!
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Spain for sure. Not in USA. Sad!

its incredible how how drivers are respectful in Spain

I remained speechless many times
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Originally Posted by dr_max View Post
Please share with others where you have felt the safest riding your bike in the World. Where drivers were the most respectful waiting for cyclists to climb before passing them, where drivers were slowing before passing, where drivers on the other side avoided passing at the same time cyclists were in the other side, where you didn’t get honked, etc...
The most respectful places I have ridden were in order:
1)Spain (Girona)
2)France (Alps&Pyrenees)
3)Martinique (Anse d’Arlet)
4) Italy (Dolomites)
5) West Virginia (Blue Ridge Parkway)
6) Virginia (New Castle)
7) Vermont (Jay Peak)
8) Arizona (Tucson)
9) Florida (Tampa & Miami)
10) Quebec (Greater Montreal)
The Netherlands. Everywhere I have gone so far. You even get to shout at pedestrians who walk into the cycle lanes. Obviously part of this is because often cycle lanes and car lanes are separated, but even if not, I feel they are so used to bikes, it is a pleasure to ride there.

Switzerland is great, too, but not as universal. There are definitely a lot of idiots, too, who love to take their motorcycle and tuned/expensive car for joyrides who see cyclists as a hindrance to speed. It would be a lot better if they limited speed to 60km/h (from 80) on the passes.
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Spain, France, Italy
In US...rails to trails unfortunately.
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Europe as a whole but even more so where I lived in Northern Italy. The drivers are used to seeing cyclists and don't act like you are impeding on them by using the same road. The drivers in Wisconsin so far are pretty decent too.
I disagree with your statement about Wisconsin. Even on lonely country roads or middle of nowhere rustic roads, I get people tailgating, intentionally pulling close passes, motorcycles revving their engines on purpose to blow out my eardrums, and large diesel vehicles coal-rolling left and right.
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I disagree with your statement about Wisconsin. Even on lonely country roads or middle of nowhere rustic roads, I get people tailgating, intentionally pulling close passes, motorcycles revving their engines on purpose to blow out my eardrums, and large diesel vehicles coal-rolling left and right.
Maybe it’s a regional thing. I live in Portage county and folks here are pretty OK around bikes.
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I've ridden in a few places but not a lot. The place that jumps out is Puerto Rico. Not only were people incredibly patient but a wedding party actually rode up next to us and the Bride and Groom invited us to their reception.
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Denmark and Alsace Lorraine France. Hands down the most pleasurable experience on a bicycle.

Also, in the US people give "rednecks" a hard time.........I've had more trouble in town with the "fake junior executive BMW driver" that's on their way to church on Sundays.
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Best: western Massachusetts and Vermont. Worst: Washington DC area, the Land of Me.

Edit: top five most annoying US driver types for cyclists:
5. A group of teenaged boys in a 1996 Toyota Tercel.
4. Beat up, rusted out landscaping pickup with a trailer full of blowers, rakes and lawnmowers with seven guys all sitting on the front bench.
3. Yoga-pants wearing mom in oversized aviator sunglasses in an SUV holding an iPhone up to talk to it on speakerphone because they can't figure out the Bluetooth in their car.
2. Motorcyclists, especially superbike guys in leathers. Harley guys are generally OK.
1. (by a country mile): pristine pickups with Z51/TRD/whatever offroad packages driven by fat guys with goatees on suburban streets. Extra points for Browning, Line-X, Salt Life or blue-line American Flag stickers.

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Old 07-20-20, 01:14 PM
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Lol!! I couldn’t agree more .
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