On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 4:06 AM, Volker Schmidt <vosc...@gmail.com> wrote:
> For bicycle routing the paved information is not very useful. I strongly dispute this. In the US, where practical bicycles are the exception, not the rule, surface information is exceptionally important. The overwhelming vast majority of bicycles are touring, MTB or BMX, with city/cargo/cruiser bicycles being extremely extremely exceptional (and often subject to unbearably expensive customs tax thanks to American laws not differentiating bicycles on design purpose like it does motor vehicle purpose, so a very heavy city bicycle from Holland with US-required equipment permanently and inseperately installed ends up paying the same import duty as a Chinese built 3-pound carbon fiber velodrome bicycle with no brakes, where as a station wagon pays nearly no import tax and a Maseratti pays about the same percentage as a bicycle).
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