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I'd argue the flipside: cycling takes off in certain area because local culture accomodates it. Seattle is a prime example. Cyclists havent changed the city; rather, the mindset and environment are conducive to cycling. This draws people to the sport, and popular support snowballs from there.

I grew up in that area, and can vouch for the cultural differences. Try crossing against the signals in Seattle, and gauge the response from every other pedestrian standing obediently by the curb. Also, note how many people drive at posted speed limits out there (vice DC, where 55mph really means 75 mph).

55mph in DC? ;-)

Of course, we can all agree that the general 55mph limit is ridiculous.

Of course, we can all agree that the general 55mph limit is ridiculous.

Sure, I think Paul used a bad example. Instead, let's say 50 in a 35 mph zone. Or 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. (Both of which are universal, and make walking/riding less safe and pleasant).

I'll be happy when autos--within the urban area--have the same rights as those little "courtesy shuttles" that shuttle the lame and elderly to and from their gates in major airports.

They should be limited to about 15mph, and assumed to yield to every other mode in the public space.

Of course my smarty-pants comment was tongue-in-cheek.

I don't disagree with the 40mph in a 25mph zone making walking/ bicycling less safe.

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