Have you heard any bicycle clicks lately? According to the League of American Bicyclists, a survey released from the American Community has shown growth in bike commuting since 2000. Large cities show the most growth compared to the USA in general. The highest bike commuting share in 2010 was Davis, CA showing 22.1%.
This is great news since the benefits are more than a few. For instance, pollution is being reduced by these bicycle commuters. Fuel use is being decreased thus helping the reduction of foreign oil importation which has been a hot topic in our country. Traffic snarls are decreased because the less vehicles on the road the less traffic to deal with. Then last but not least, these commuters are helping their bodies be more fit and in shape.
Bicycle Clicking Fastest Way to Get Around?
Bicycle clicking is not only making a comeback, it has been proven to be a time saver for many commuters. After testing the bicyclist by having races against car, subway, train, walker and even airplane, want to know who can get across town the quickest? The bicyclist year after year wins with little exception.
Bicycle Commuting to School
According to peopleforbikes.org, back in 1969 the percentage of children riding their bikes and walking to school was 48%. In 2009 only 1% rode their bikes to school. And only 11% walked. However, in the past 40 years US childhood obesity rates have tripled. Of course, with many families on the go and eating fast food more often, diet certainly contributes to the rise of obesity. But the lack of exercise is a large contributing factor, too.
Not only is bicycling growing in popularity, bicycles made in America is making a comeback. Predictions are that large-scale bike manufacturing will return to the US in a bigger way. This is due in part to rising oil costs which are making overseas shipping less appealing economically. And consumers are increasingly wanting to add custom options with faster turnaround times than overseas factories are able to do. In addition to these factors, North America has been experiencing ‘buy American’ sediments as a result of a sluggish economy and a lack of jobs. Many believe that if importation is cut back, more jobs could be created inside the US.