I enjoy riding every day and I look for a variety of locations and terrain. I bet that some would not consider a ride in a subdivision as enjoyable. Here are some of the reasons why I ride in residential areas.
1. CLOSE BY: I do not have to mount the bike on the back of the car and drive to my starting point.
2. QUIET: The speed limit is 25 mph. Cars pass at a cautious speed and distance.
3. RESPECT: This connects to #2. I think people view me as a neighbor and they care about being viewed in positive light.
4. GOOD SURFACE: The roads are usually in good condition. Bumpy parts are usually short
5. CREATE A PATH OR LOOP: I work my path to have a clear view of the traffic as I come to intersections. I look for right turns that I will have the right of way. Quite often I can create a loop of a mile or two.
6. NO OBSTACLES: Walkers stay on the sidewalk and you have plenty of space from those dog walkers. You do not need to shout at the people with earphones.
7. TRY DIFFERENT GEARS, PACING: Find a hill that is good to work on how to improve using the gears. Find a stretch to blow it full out. Work on doing the turn at high speed. Avoid obstacles. Thread the needle.
8. ENJOY THE SIGHTS: Lawns, seasonal decorations
9. DOGS STAY IN THE YARD: The invisible fence.
10. SNOW REMOVAL: You will have a clear path in the winter.
11. What else can you add?
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