- Carlsbad, CA
Yes, I painted parking lots with too broad a brush. I was thinking of those terrifying supermarket and big-box parking lots, but many good routes like these to be found if you poke around — which is if course fun in and of itself.When I commuted in the Big City, I had a bunch of routes I took that linked big shopping mall parking lots. If you keep to the outer edge near the stroad there is little traffic and good sight lines, and it is much safer than risking your life on the shoulder less, no sidewalk, bumper-to-bumper traffic on the four lane stroad. And you could link the lots for surprising distances if you were a little adventurous and brave.
Also, the spaces behind big box stores and the like often is a great place to ride in terms of relatively little traffic.