Has Cycling increased in your Area?

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    Jun 17, 2008 6:13 PM GMT
    I was biking to work today and I left earlier than usual. I noticed a big increase on people biking to work. I wanted to ask if you guys have notice the same? I live in Menlo park and bike to Palo alto.

    If you are beginning to bike, what made you do it?

    Gas prices, not having a car, to get fit etc etc...

    Just a though icon_biggrin.gif.
    You guys have a great day!
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    Jun 17, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    Kozmeka saidI was biking to work today and I left earlier than usual. I noticed a big increase on people biking to work. I wanted to ask if you guys have notice the same? I live in Menlo park and bike to Palo alto.

    If you are beginning to bike, what made you do it?

    Gas prices, not having a car, to get fit etc etc...



    I started just for something else physical to do other than the gym. I'm also working on getting the company to set-up a secure area to lock bikes up for those of us who want to bike to work (they loved the idea).

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    Jun 18, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    I havent noticed a biking increase but i have seen alot more small cars on the road
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    Jun 18, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    yes and no...

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    Jun 18, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
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    Jun 18, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    More motorcycles yes. More bicycles no.
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    Jun 18, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Kozmeka saidI was biking to work today and I left earlier than usual. I noticed a big increase on people biking to work. I wanted to ask if you guys have notice the same? I live in Menlo park and bike to Palo alto.

    If you are beginning to bike, what made you do it?

    Gas prices, not having a car, to get fit etc etc...

    Just a though icon_biggrin.gif.
    You guys have a great day!
    yeah about 10% increase.
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    Jun 18, 2008 2:18 PM GMT
    Kozmeka saidI was biking to work today and I left earlier than usual. I noticed a big increase on people biking to work. I wanted to ask if you guys have notice the same? I live in Menlo park and bike to Palo alto.

    If you are beginning to bike, what made you do it?

    Gas prices, not having a car, to get fit etc etc...

    Just a though icon_biggrin.gif.
    You guys have a great day!


    Not really. I see the seasonal bump from winter/spring riding to fair weather riders, but all in all, not really. I live in a somewhat urban area so there are a number of bike commuters to begin with.

  • Jun 18, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    I live in the Twin Cities suburban area in Minnesota and I definitely have noticed an increase in the number of people using bikes.

    I personally have just started biking again after years of not being on a bike at all (it is true that you never forget how to ride a bike) but it is solely for the purpose of wanting to get more fit. I bike in a city/community park with a biking/walking/running path that is adjacent to the majestic Mississippi River.

    The price of gas has had nothing at all to do with my decision to start biking. I still drive my car to work (12 mi. + each way) and on errands.

    Tom
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 18, 2008 5:39 PM GMT
    Unfortunately there has been no increase in the number of commuters cycling to work here in Buffalo, NY. I am in the tiny minority of commuters who cycle to work weather permitting. Yet I here many people bitching about high gas prices, road construction, and sitting in traffic tie-ups. However, none of them would ever consider giving up their gas guzzling SUVs and try either riding a bike or taking public transportation, that is just too much common sense. Instead they sit in their cars and SUVs and bitch endlessly about heavy traffic, road construction, and high gas prices. Go figure.
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    Jun 18, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidUnfortunately there has been no increase in the number of commuters cycling to work here in Buffalo, NY. I am in the tiny minority of commuters who cycle to work weather permitting. Yet I here many people bitching about high gas prices, road construction, and sitting in traffic tie-ups. However, none of them would ever consider giving up their gas guzzling SUVs and try either riding a bike or taking public transportation, that is just too much common sense. Instead they sit in their cars and SUVs and bitch endlessly about heavy traffic, road construction, and high gas prices. Go figure.
    Yeah, I just hand out tampoons for all of those losers.
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    Jun 20, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    Wow, I thought this topic did not make it but I was wrong icon_biggrin.gif.

    I started riding my bike 2 years ago and only road a mountain bike, Then I bought 2 road bikes 1 my partner and 1 for me icon_biggrin.gif. I love the workout and I prefer biking than jogging.

    I though I would post this because I really think this is a good start for telling the goverment F U with your expensive gas!!! I Aslo like the fact the all the riders are very friendly. I keep getting, good mornings, how do you like the weather etc etc.....

    Is anyone going or has anyone been to the Rosarito to Ensenada 50 mile bike ride?

    http://rosaritoensenada.com/

    I am going with my partner, family and friends.

    Thank you all for posting and sorry for not getting back sooner.



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    Jun 28, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    I have noticed more bikes parked outside my gym... when before my bike would be the only one there.
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    Jun 30, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    In my area, they are like wolves, traveling in packs of 5-20 on weekends. Lots of loners during the week.
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    Jul 01, 2008 8:25 AM GMT
    yeah the roadies have been breeding locally, cycling has featured in the lifestyle section of the local rag as "the new golf" the mind boggles..
    seems to be that all the carsales guys and marketing types are all getting into it and starting a brand and bling pissing contest, as sales types are prone to round these parts.. least there'll be a bunch of cheap used bikes in a year or so when they all move on to the next trend.. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    its funny but the other week i got on a bike, after years of not doing so, for the typical reasons, gas prices, workout etc, and i must say it made my poor ass soooo soreicon_exclaim.gificon_eek.gif...but i wont let that stop me and will continue to rideicon_wink.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 11:15 AM GMT
    stee99 said.. least there'll be a bunch of cheap used bikes in a year or so when they all move on to the next trend.. icon_lol.gif


    tru dat... just look at all those off-lease SUVs sitting in dealer lots hahaaa
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 01, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    More cyclists and fewer cars especially those disgusting, gas guzzling SUVs. Now we just need to put pressure on departments of transportation in all 50 states to start marking designated bike lanes on all state highways (excluding the interstates). icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 02, 2008 11:53 AM GMT
    I just started biking yesterday because I feel guilty driving to my running spot.

    The neighborhood I live in is safe for the most part but it is surrounded by ghettos so I bike so I can ride out to where I want to run. Although yesterday was nice, I didn't make it out to run.

    My legs feel fine this morning but my ass hurts from riding. I am sure I just need to build up the glutes to combat that.
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    Jul 02, 2008 12:05 PM GMT
    I don't have any numbers to prove it, but there appears to be more bikes on the road. And there are definitely more initiatives to promote increased use of bikes (commuter challenges, bike-to-work programs, improved bike trails and bike lanes, and cycling organizations).
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:17 AM GMT
    small college town....big increase...prices at the pump are killing me. Plus, it adds a few more calories in the calorie out

    Calories in, calories out. So simple...in theory and now in life.
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    Jul 03, 2008 10:47 AM GMT
    I started riding to work to save on gas and to burn off a bit O'flab.. Its 9 miles each way and I do it every day that the weather is cooperative

    Biking to work hasn't really caught on here, I rarely see people out unless it's seniors out for a ride on their Schwins
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    Jul 03, 2008 12:19 PM GMT
    There's always been a pretty big fixie crowd here in Columbus, and they're only getting bigger. But there are other commuters who have begun biking to work because of gas prices, simplicity of ride, ect. I should know, I sold them their bikes icon_smile.gif

    It's kind of funny though, because Columbus has a pretty large cycling community (with the fixie riders/messengers), but we probably also have the most contentious relationship with traffic. Columbus drivers are ass holes, and us riders are pretty aggressive. So we spend lots of time yelling at each other/getting pissed off at each other.
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    Jul 08, 2008 6:54 AM GMT
    Here in Canberra its becoming a religion.. huge following. You can litterally see hundreds riding every morning.. mind you winter slows most down.. but in summer cyclist are everwhere.

    The new offices i work in have 200 bike racks in the basement with substantial amenities and change rooms for those who ride large distances to work.. seems the ECO planners are forecasting more cyclists on the road
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    Jul 08, 2008 7:25 AM GMT
    I no longer work but I have been biking to the beach and the gym for 4 years. This was a decision I made to help the environment and later I noticed the benefits physically. I hardly ever see another bicyclist except on the weekends when the racers are out in packs. However, this may increase now that the government is going to construct a bicycle lane along the Maritimo and gas is going for 1.37 euros per litre. There is a bike rack at the gym and I am usually the only one to use it. There is also a rack at one of the two nude beaches I go to, but usually there is at least two other bikes there. Otherwise, I have not noticed any increase in bike traffic.