I live and work in Naperville. That's why I don't live in the city. I did some years ago but I didn't ride then, for shame.
My commute is about 12 miles and I use a mix of gravel paths through two forest preserves, residential streets, and sometimes sidewalks on unsafe streets for riding (i.e. rt.59).
I was at first met with incredulity when arriving by bike, but now my coworkers know that its no big deal. I haven't inspired anyone else to ride, though, even though some of them are even closer.
last reply here in 2010. Any new peeps?
I think "Why do you choose to live outside the city?" might be rephrased as "How did you come to live in your community?"
45 miles, 4 by bike, rest by train.
No pace out here, but Metra.
My wife's family is out here and we have a baby so they are close.
Honestly, indifference. It was more of a reaction when I rode from the city.
Does Evanston count as a suburb?