On “Today at the Pump” MSNBC reported from the Pinellas Trail about the upsurge in bike commuters nationwide. Houston (which must track these things) has seen a 33% increase in bike commuters! They show full bike racks in West Palm. I was there last weekend and not only were the racks full, there were bikes parked inside buildings.
J&B Importers pays employees $4 per round trip to use mass transit, bike or bike to work.
Pangea Organics in Boulder is building a locker room and shower facility of its bike commuters.
All the focus on cycling is exciting. It’s nice to see so many people giving it a try.
Whether they stick with it or not, I suspect that high fuel prices will change the traffic culture in other ways that will be beneficial to bicyclists. More small cars, scooters and motorcycles will actually increase our space on the roadway without having to add more pavement. Public transportation might even make a comeback.
Heck, maybe cyclists will even have a little peace and quiet on the roads on weekend mornings again.