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Been to a city where the rules or laws don't seem to be the same as Chicago? 

So, been in D.C. for a little over a week now and I have seen SO many people riding their bikes on the sidewalks. And... NO shaming. No one yelling at them. Nothing. I'm not crazy about the sidewalk riding but then I rode on the street and nearly got smooshed by a SUV that didn't look before moving to the right. Definitely not in Chicago anymore...

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....or could it be that in Chicago we're in a Blue state, while in DC the other party seems to be running things?

Except I have the impression that DC itself is solidly democratic.

Huh? It doesn't get much bluer than D.C.

Very true. SO blue! :-) 

When I was in Seattle I was informed that biking on the sidewalk was legal there as well.

By the way, aside from whether it's legal or not, I'm not as anti biking on the sidewalk as many bikers seem to be. There's situations, like on western ave, where there's fast moving traffic, no bike lanes, and a general level of disregard for cyclists (a "you don't belong here" attitude on the behalf of drivers), and wide, loosely populated sidewalks, where I don't see the harm in taking the sidewalk as long as you act like you are the interloper and yield to everything else, and go slow. Also, it's less offensive to me to see a cruiser or mountain bike on the sidewalk vs a road bike (inherently slower vs faster).

Yes exactly! re being carefully flexible about sidewalks.

When I was in D.C. the sidewalks there for the most part were wider and roomier than here in Chicago. And sidewalk riding is not permitted in the central business district (downtown D.C.).

From what I've been told, not legal but people kinda just let it go. Don't get worked up. I have yet to see someone swear at anyone else on the road. Granted, my drive in to work from my temp. place is frightening (I plan to bike commute when I get in an apt.) but that's also more to do with the crazy streets and how they open all lanes during rush hour but there's no signage that explains what's going on so it all feels a little nutty. And super fast.

In Pittsburgh, cars turn left as soon as the light turns green, even if they don't have a green arrow.


They also come to a complete stop at the end of highway on-ramps, but that doesn't affect cycling.

That's what we need in Chicago.  Just think of the photo-op for Rahm.

In my (limited) experience I found DC a pretty nice city to cycle took some getting used to those hills though. Stay safe!



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