Cycling through North America

San Francisco - Prudhoe Bay (North coast of Alaska)

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On the occasion of the 5000st kilometer: The moskito rules2014-07-04

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On the occasion of the 4000st kilometer: My hygene and laundry-sytem2014-06-25

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On the occasion of the 3000st kilometer: North America, the continent of the bicycle-haters?

Before I started my tour, several people warned me about the american traffic: The cars are extremly big and cyclists unusual and probably out-of-favour. After I cycled in Italy and was treated pretty bad by motorists, I expected the worst.
When I finally arrived here, everything looked different: San Francisco can easily be called a bicycle-town. There were bike lanes everywhere and especially during rush-hour I was faster by bike than many motorists. The whole route along the pacific coast was very a real cyclists-paradise: In most places I could ride on bike paths or wide shoulders and whenever there were more narrow sections there used to be signs to warn motorists to pay attention to cyclists. Most of them were very nice and smiled at me, overtook with enough distance and often even waved to me!
On the past 3000km I have been hunked at only 4 times and only once a man showed me his middle finger - in comparison to the uncountable nice gestures this is nothing. Sometimes cars even slowed down on the same height and started to talk to me through the car window.

Canada is also nice: The shoulders are even bigger and on ferries bicycle are often almost for free. Moreover I am always the first one to leave the ferry while all the cars have to wait another few minutes.
The most impressive "feature" were the signals on narrow bridges and before narrow tunnels: As a cyclist I could usually push a button which activated the sign and set the speed limit down to 30mph and informed motorists about the bicycle on the route. That's something I have never seen in Europe so far.

Of course there were also bad things: Often the bike paths end just randomly somewhere and I just stood on a road with intensiv traffic. Crossing 4-lane roads to turn left ist often pretty dangerous and cars often don't pay attention to the bike lane when they turn right. Moreover motorists with trailers often do not seem to know what they are doing when overtaking: while the vehicle as enough distance to the bike the trailer is often coming very close. However, at least the last two things are also pretty often seen in Europe.

On that note: A cheer for the bicycle-continent North America where not only the cars are bigger but also the roads have more space for cyclists than in Europe


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