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I am an avid bicyclist who is new to the Texas/Southwestern United States area. I am wondering if its okay to ask questions about bicycle culture in this forum?

I have tried to do so in the travel stack exchange forum, but I find that bicycle culture seems to be as heated as politics for some reason.

At the end of the day, I am just looking for a bicycle community in the Southwest similar to what you see in Philadelphia and Seattle and if anyone can help me figure out whether it is okay to ask it here, I would appreciate it.

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Well its certainly on-topic as far as cycling content, but its also highly location-specific.

Assuming Southwest means nevada, arizona, utah, new mexico, etc, then my perception as an overseas foreigner is they're all highly car-focused societies. California's the odd one out because of the anti-pollution focus of local/state laws, which in theory should boost cycling.

tl:dr go on, ask. The worst case is no useful answers are forthcoming.

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I don't think this is suitable for Stack Exchange at all.

  • It's too broad: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah between them cover an area about half the size of the European Union; add California and it gets another 20% bigger.

  • What is or is not a "bicycle community... similar to what you see in Philadelphia and Seattle" is purely a matter of opinion. As such, it's likely to generate discussion and argument.

  • It's inviting lists rather than answers.

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    Agree with the issue of what a 'bicycle community' actually is. Without a definition there can't be objective answers. OP may have better luck looking for published statistics on bicycle usage in different metro areas. – Argenti Apparatus Jul 9 at 15:07

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