I've been thinking about this on and off and I have a few questions about this situation.
I'm moving from a small Wisconsin town to a major suburb in the Chicago Land area (Arlington Heights for thoes who know the area well).
Now, put this in your heads, I'm moving from a town, where everyone knows who I am and knows I ride a moped, (some of them make references to the Gremlins movies because it says "Gizmo" in HUGE WHITE LETTERS). This town is very small, none of the streets have painted lines, no street lights, and not one stop light in the entire town.
I'm going from Pleasentville to to hell
If you know Chicago, then you know where Arlington Heights/Schaumburg/Palatine/Mount Prospect. and you know this area is loaded with rich, punk ass yuppie scum, who drive hummers, and other gas hogging machines, and here I come with my 49cc moped, buzzing along, leaving a big blue cloud behind me as I go.
What I'm asking, is there any way to ride this thing in these areas and not feel like it's a suicide ride? Do I just hop on it, and take off down the roads, and let the people just go around me? Or do I try and avoid the main roads, and slip though sub-devisions and side roads? What ones there are few and far between.
The roads I'm talking about, are roads like Golf Road, Algonquin, Northwest Highway, Euclid Ave, Higgins Road.
Roads like Golf for example, are 40Mph Four Lane roads with a large divide in the center, usually used as a turning lane, or a break-down lane. The posted speed limit is 40Mph, but I've seen people push 55. Both right most lanes in both directions have large curbs, that span the distance of the road, so I can't very well ride an inch of the curb so people can get around me.
What am I supposed to do? Ride on the sidewalk and hope I don't get caught?
I have no clue how to ride it in a city, and I don't want to give up my moped because I can't use it.