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    Bike commuting up 122% in young adults (among other alternative transport options

    Young Americans Are Driving Less, Riding More - BikeRadar

    Looks like the increase in bike commuting is especially notable for young adults, and less so for older adults. I certainly fall in this age group and have increased my bike commuting in recent years (especially after last fall when I built a specific commuter bike).

    Increased thunderstorm risk kept me from commuting today. I don't mind rain, but I do mind lightning.

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    That is awesome, we need to seriously invest in our biking infrastructure here in south Florida.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThierryR. View Post
    That is awesome, we need to seriously invest in our biking infrastructure here in south Florida.
    This is awesome! I smile everytime I see bikes out on the road, or in a bike rack outside a business.

    We need to seriously invest in our biking infrastructure in the entire USA!!!

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    I'm out of bounds (10+ years) so not sure if that makes me a hipster wannabe or trendsetter

    I find freedom avoiding technology though (other than tracking my rides on iPhone)... do enough of that stuff during work hours.

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    call yourself a trendsetter.

    While I have to say most people I see around town on bikes have a very strong hipster vibe, not all of them do.

    I love seeing the older guy (probably 60's) in a suit on campus riding a cruiser and wearing a foam helmet out of the 80's. that dude cracks me up.

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    Thats good cuz i read some article in a bicycling mag that said that kids i riding to school has become a dying tradition... ill be riding my bike to school next year too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter82 View Post
    Thats good cuz i read some article in a bicycling mag that said that kids i riding to school has become a dying tradition... ill be riding my bike to school next year too
    it is. many schools prohibit kids from walking or riding their bicycles to school.

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    That's a real shame that the school doesn't allow kids to bike. Learning to bike to school and eventually having my parents let me do it on my own remains one of my most important childhood experiences. Today, I work as an urban planner, and I always try to keep an open and progressive mind towards bike/ped issues. If it's important to you, bug your local and regional governments!

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    over the last ten years I have noticed a large increase in fair weather riders....not so much if he weather isn't good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    over the last ten years I have noticed a large increase in fair weather riders....not so much if he weather isn't good.
    better than nothing. the more bikes on the road the better for everyone.

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    I grew up riding my bike to school in California, then moved to Alabama in high school and that school didn't even have a bike rack, not a single one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    over the last ten years I have noticed a large increase in fair weather riders....not so much if he weather isn't good.
    Ya know I have come to enjoy the changes in the weather while riding. Maybe its due to my love of riding. In a car I am isolated from the feel of the wind in my face. I love it all!!
    started riding again :)

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    Why would a 2001 to 2009 comparison be making news in the middle of 2012? Somebody just now dug it up?

    I wonder if the study only covered the 16 to 34 group, or if that was the only group that the authors found interresting.

    In addition to cycling, it looks like walking was up slightly and public transportation use was way up. Our local bus system wasn`t of much use even ten years ago. It`s declined seriously since then due to budget cuts- service area shrinking and less frequent runs. Is that not happening elsewhere, or is usage is up in spite of fewer busses and shorter routes?

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    Ha that sucks for

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
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    bleh, I hate that add, what a rotten image to portray. It does take a bunch of duck feathers to ride in traffic/public for other reasons (and I really admire those that do it without hesitation). Playing on that stereotype though is just plain immature and adolescent at best, and irresponsible and backward in fact.

    I'm one that fits into this category too, I guess we just have to be patient while we work towards fixing some of these American attitudes, i.e. vehicle = self identity, bicycle = poor

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    GM. Wankers

    <img src=https://bikeportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/gmAd_big1.jpg>
    Yup. Nowadays they're going into sub prime auto loans. That's how bad the market is. People cannot afford cars. That's why more are cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aBicycle View Post
    Yup. Nowadays they're going into sub prime auto loans. That's how bad the market is. People cannot afford cars. That's why more are cycling.
    Am I the only one that saw Giant bicycle's response to this?



    EDIT: You know, the funny thing is more girls have followed me home while riding my bike than I ever picked up driving my old car. So there's that too.

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    Thats awsome!

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    Good ad. I can see that starting a few people off pedalling.

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