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View Poll Results: What kind of roads do you drive on
Divided Freeway (divided, 2 or more lanes each way) 7 14.89%
City streets (timed lights) 2 4.26%
City streets (untimed lights) 3 6.38%
Suburban streets (more stop signs than lights) 3 6.38%
Rural roads / highways (undivided) 12 25.53%
Balanced mix of one or more of the above 16 34.04%
Other (what am I forgetting?) 4 8.51%
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:21 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by JacobAziza View Post
Wait, what!? You have interstate highways running underneath the city? That has to be one of the craziest things i have ever heard.
Sorry, no. The tunnels go through a mountain that guards the cities southern approaches. The tunnel is part of an interstate that goes through the city, though.

(Pittsburgh does have an surprising number of tunnels and bridges, though!)

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Old 07-29-2009, 05:19 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Well, the first 6 miles are on a rural road, speed limit 50 with one stop sign. The next mile is at 55mph, a 4-lane divided with a left turn lane. After that, it's 2 miles on the "loop", a curious mix of expressway and normal city street; it's a 6-lane divided, but with grade-level intersections. Lights are on sensors, so they are sometimes hard to time properly.

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Old 07-29-2009, 11:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The specialty here is a clay and gravel road which develops the usual tire lanes separated by gravel ridges. However, when it gets wet, and you try to move over, you wind up with high drag on one side, and barely enough traction to keep straight with high slip angles. The real hazard, though, is the deer. in the winter (6 months) snow is only cleared into ditches - towns and cities just try to keep it smooth, with limited success. It is usually cold enough for good traction.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:45 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I really have barely any concept that roads like that even exists.
Its really hard for me to imagine driving on them every day.
Everywhere in my world is paved.
I went camping this weekend, drove like 4 hours, and the pavement went all the way up to the parking space in the campsite.

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A few months ago I returned home just as my neighbor pulled into his driveway. It was cold (around freezing) with some rain and sleet, and he yells to me: You rode your bike? In this weather?!?

So the other day we both returned home at the same time again, only now the weather is warm, sunny, with no wind. And I yell to him: You took the car? In this weather?!?
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:09 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Our "grid" roads only got gravelled a few decades ago, to help keep them passable in the springtime, but even our paved roads sometimes show deep tire tracks when it is time to move some grain. Before the gravel, they were more often extremely smooth after grading, and didn't develop a washboard surface from hard braking and acceleration with the old trucks. However, there are sometimes stretches that are as smooth as any pavement, as well as miles of all bumps. This province has the most miles of road per capita in North America, and we still can't drive to the northern border. The road don't end in Katmandu, but it does in Patuanak, Sandy Lake, and the Key Lake Mine, among other long cul-de-sacs.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:15 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Well, here in Chicagoland, the one thing I do enjoy is how flat the land is. There are some hills, but they are typically gently rolling, and they are great for P&G and DWL It's not so bad if you can stand the hot, humid summers (especially bad with no A/C in the car) and the -10* blizzards in the winter. The biggest challange to good mileage here is the super-aggressive drivers when you get closer to the city. I don't let them intimidate me, but they are pretty infamous for their 'style' of driving
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:04 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I was riding in stop n go hell when I lived in the city.

I just moved back to suburbish area. It is a mix of lights, hills, stop signs, and 2 lane highway.

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