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By Jonah (anonymous) | Posted September 21, 2006 at 12:58:28

You can live in very bicycle-friendly cities if you move to Japan/SE Asia. The dearth of auto traffic on Japanese surface streets as compared to any comparable US city is a joy to behold, and the urban footprints of train stations with bicycle parking is significantly reduced. Imo the rain/snow issue is a bit less trivial than you infer. Japan made the deliberate choice at the top to build out rail infrastructure and so urban neighborhoods radiate out from the stations, it will take crisis conditions before bicycles become top choice if you are living an onerous distance from rail in a snowy climate.

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