Monday, August 04, 2008

Bike Commuting By the Numbers

This article caught my attention. Why? I am starting to see women riding bikes with baskets on the front to the grocery store. I talked to one of them and she had a basket that you could take off the bike and use it to shop in the store and then reattach for the ride back home.

Obviously, this kind of activity could dramatically effect the number of miles Americans drive each year. It could also lead to a lower trade inbalance and people getting in great shape.

I also suspect these riders would be more open to communication. If this is the case, expect to see guys riding bikes to the store in the years ahead. Move over
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1 percent of trips in the United States are made on a bicycle. That's 10 percent in Germany, 18 percent in Denmark, and 27 percent in the Netherlands. In Portland, Ore., 3.5 percent of trips to work are made by bike, the highest share among the 50 largest American cities. The lowest: Kansas City, Mo., at a paltry 0.02 percent.

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