"When I bike around these places I discover that sometimes the only way to get from point A to point B is via a highway. The smaller roads have atrophied or sometimes they just aren't there anymore. Often they've been cut in two or sliced and diced by the larger arteries so you can't get from one place to another on surface streets even if you want to. As a cyclist or a pedestrian it makes one feel unwanted, like an interloper, and you end up sort of pissed off. Needless to say, riding a bike along the shoulder of an expressway is no fun. There's nothing romantic about it either -- you're not a cool outlaw, you're simply somewhere you don't belong."