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Is crime an issue in the US countryside, especially for a cyclist?

I've travelled coast-to-coast in the USA a couple of times, and would say that in rural areas it's pretty much equivalent to the UK. Both countries have random attacks, but in both countries it's so ...
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Is it ok to take a break near the cycle path, on the grass, in Netherlands?

Likely that a not funny guy tried to be funny, saying something like 'Lazy bones' not knowing or not caring you would not understand. Ignore the kind of guy wherever you go. Unless the grass is ...
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Is crime an issue in the US countryside, especially for a cyclist?

From my experience of cycling in 10 US states (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota and Tennessee) and coming from Europe as well, I found that in ...
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Who goes first? Person disembarking bus or the bicycle?

The bicycle riders have to be careful and wait if necessary. Here is a German newspaper article on the subject. The basis for the rule is § 20 of the German traffic regulations (StVO), whose first ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

There are some very remote roads in northern Quebec. The James Bay Road (Route de la Baie James) is one option. Located in northeastern Canada, in the province of Quebec, the James Bay Road runs ...
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Does Google Maps take into account hills/inclines for route times?

Surprisingly, it appears that the answer is YES, Google Maps does make a distinction between uphill and downhill. I routed out a couple of bicycle rides from my home (in Germany) to a city either 90 ...
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What dangers should I be aware of when doing a long-distance bike trip through Europe?

I have experience with long distance cycling in many of the same countries you will be going through (among others Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, France) and it surprised me as well, but I have ...
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Longest bridge/tunnel that can be cycled over/through?

The Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys is open to cyclists. The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, a nearly-complete 106 mile (171 km) cycling path from Key West to Key Largo, and part of the ...
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Can I do a multi day cycle tour in Germany now (during Corona time), on my own, camping in public places?

TL;DR: You can, possibly, in some places, but it may not be a great idea. Whether it is legal depends on the Bundesland (state) — to put it simply, the federal government has no authority in these ...
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Longest bridge/tunnel that can be cycled over/through?

Not a bridge or a tunnel, but as a bonus, consider the Afsluitdijk, a 32 km artificial enclosure dam and causeway connecting the Dutch provinces Noord-Holland and Friesland, separating IJsselmeer from ...
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Is crime an issue in the US countryside, especially for a cyclist?

NB: when I wrote this answer, the question was less focussed on crime than it is now. Anywhere rural I've ever cycled¹, I felt safer than in rural England. Although you mention crime in your ...
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Does Google Maps take into account hills/inclines for route times?

No. Google Maps works a different way. Google Maps learns travel times by monitoring the pace of other riders. The Google Maps app "constantly" sends data about your location back to the Google ...
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Traveling with my bicycle on top of my car in Europe

I've sometimes driven in the UK and France with bikes on top, more often with kayaks. It's perfectly reasonable but you do need to take care. I assume you have a normal-height car to start with, ...
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Is crime an issue in the US countryside, especially for a cyclist?

In my experience long-distance cycling in the US countryside is very safe. I cycled rural MA, CT, NY, PA, OH, WV, MD, VA, NC and NJ. I felt safe crime-wise when cycling poverty-stricken places in the ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

A good contender should be Russian Р-297 Amur, from Chita to the Svobodnyi fork. It's 1400 km of road accompanied by Transsib, but it is barely inhabited and barely traversable. Maybe it got better in ...
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What dangers should I be aware of when doing a long-distance bike trip through Europe?

You have pointed out that most common dangers you're going to meet in the eastern part of your journey, with one significant exception: it's not wild animals you should be afraid of; the most ...
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Is there an app that will calculate a route off main roads for cycling?

For UK based routes (this is where I think you are, judging by your profile) you can use CycleStreets. It’s also available as an app on most phone platforms (Apple, Android, Windows Phone). Input your ...
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Downtown Chicago car free bike ride?

The fantastic Lakefront Trail would be a great choice, a paved path that extends for 18 miles along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It runs from Ardmore on the North Side to 71st on the South Side. ...
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Is it possible to cycle from Kansai Airport to Central Osaka?

I'd like to add: no, but almost. Here's how you do it: Take your bike to the railway station, fold it/disassemble it, and put it into a bag. Take the train to Rinkū-Town Station (りんくうタウン駅), which is ...
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How do I access bicycle lockers at UK train stations?

Cycle storage appears to be a local amenity, and not centrally managed by the railways. For instance, in the West Midlands, they are operated by Network West Midlands and you would rent one from them. ...
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Does Google Maps take into account hills/inclines for route times?

At least for bikes it does (assuming the topographical information mentioned in the comment is available). I just checked with two cycling routes near my home, both 4,2km long according to Google, ...
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What dangers should I be aware of when doing a long-distance bike trip through Europe?

one thing I did not see mentionned yet: watch out for landmines. There are still a ton of them lying around in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. So stay on the roads and do not walk around ...
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Who goes first? Person disembarking bus or the bicycle?

German traffic code gives transit passengers special priority, all traffic including bicycles may only pass the vehicle on the right at a walking pace and need to yield to passengers alighting or ...
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Can I do a multi day cycle tour in Germany now (during Corona time), on my own, camping in public places?

Summary: longer bike tours come with a lot of contacts. Almost all these can be avoided by doing short tours since you can take all your supplies with you for a day or two. This still leaves you 50 -...
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Received letter from police for being drunk and riding bicycle in Germany

If you in Germany ride a bicycle under influence of alcohol and your blood alcohol content is above 0.16% or the police deem you incapable of riding the bicycle without endangering others, the ...
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Can I cross from the eastern side of Kosovo to Serbia by bike?

Please note: when you are in Kosovo, you already entered Serbia, from the serbian legal perspective. If you directly enter Kosovo from outside Serbia, from the Serbian perspective you never officially ...
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How to Plan a Route for Long Distance Bike Trip In Europe

I would suggest at least basing a route on one or more of the EuroVelo routes. Particularly Route 5 and Route 15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroVelo http://www.worldbiking.info/wordpress/2018/02/...
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Longest bridge/tunnel that can be cycled over/through?

Most of the world's longest road tunnels are on express- or motorways, where cycling is prohibited anyway, independent of the tunnel. The longest road tunnel I could find, which is definitely open ...
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Is it allowed in Amsterdam to give a ride on bicycle to another person

Most people in the Netherlands think it is common to see two people on a single bike, and when kids are involved even three or more. The back rack has to be the sturdy kind but many or even most ...
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