When we were in Maryland in '80s, we were living in a planned development where residential streets were all wide, well paved, 25mph limits, diligently observed by almost everyone. Yet it was common to see people in full lycra driving their fullsize V8 wagons to a park, unload their evidently expensive bikes, ride them round one of many designated cycling courses (also well paved/graded) of various lengths, return to the parking lot, reload the bikes, and drive home.
One of my colleagues had noted on earlier business trips that this development was connected to our usual workplace by narrow (by US standards) back roads usually quiet. He was a keen cyclist, so when he also arrived for a long tour he brought his commuting bike over. He rode it to work once during his first week, and discovered how unused US drivers (then) were to sharing the road with a cyclist. He never tried it again
Ottawa, on the other hand, was very bike-friendly. I commuted by bike all the snow-free months, along designated well maintained cycle routes, either segregated or connecting what were cul-de-sacs for motor vehicles, with tunnels or bridges to cross major roads; and Ottawa drivers were nearly always respectful. . Some of my Canadian colleagues bicycled all year! Mind you, some skated to work in winter, as our DND/MDN office was close to the frozen canal.
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