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View Poll Results: Are you seeing more people using bicycles for commuting and utility recently?
I am seeing many more people using bicycles for commuting and utility recently 23 30.67%
I am seeing a few more people using bicycles for commuting and utiility recently 32 42.67%
I am not seeing much change in people using bicycles for commuting and utility recently 19 25.33%
I am seeing fewer people using bicycles for commuting and utility recently 1 1.33%
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Old 05-04-08, 03:44 PM   #1
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Are you seeing more bicycle commuting, utility lately?

Gasoline prices are sure pushing into new territory lately. Adding pain to the situation is the rapid inflation of food cost. Ouch.

Gas is over $4.05 in Washington, DC this week.

Our family is already making some changes. Of course, I have always been a bicycle commuter, but now, I insist that my teen son bicycle to places with me rather than us taking the car. I tell him that it is HIS world we are saving. My wife absolutely refused to bicycle anywhere for any reason and that won't change. However, I did stop her from driving to the QuickieMart for a cola yesterday.

So, what impact is it having in your neighborhood? Are more people choosing bicycling as a mode of transportation?

It might be a little difficult to know if a rider is transporting or out for leisure, but I think you can tell.

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Old 05-04-08, 04:06 PM   #2
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In Miami, everyone has a car. People will starve their kids and forgo heart medicine rather than not have a car. So I have seen very few bike commuters. Even the bike racks at the commuter rail stations only have two or three bikes parked in front of them.
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Old 05-04-08, 04:15 PM   #3
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I started riding to work when gas was 50 cents a litre. Everyone complained when it hit 75, then a buck and this morning it was $1.32. They're still driving in.
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Yes. The bike congestion is getting worse and worse.
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I am seeing a few more people using bicycles for commuting and utility recently.
Correctly, I should say that I have been seeing more people on bikes lately. I haven't asked any of them their purpose, but I would say that commuting and utility are a safe assumption.

I was speaking with a cyclist friend of mine about this last week, and he has noticed the same.
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Gasoline prices are sure pushing into new territory lately. Adding pain to the situation is the rapid inflation of food cost. Ouch.

Gas is over $4.05 in Washington, DC this week.

Our family is already making some changes. Of course, I have always been a bicycle commuter, but now, I insist that my teen son bicycle to places with me rather than us taking the car. I tell him that it is HIS world we are saving.
Remember, Mike, when we were having these discussions back when gas was still less than $2 a gallon? That day is upon us that we all predicted, and those who chose to ignore the obvious are paying for it, and the cost still goes up...

We said things like, "People won't change until gas goes up to $4 gal."

The really ironic thing is that so many of us who have been commuting by bicycle for years weren't motivated by such high prices at the pump. Do prices have to go up to $6 for people to change? $8...?

Oh, I'm not wishing for that. I know the economic impact. Nor do I want everyone to do what I do, which is ride a bike. In fact, I kind of doubt most people will (unless we start talking $8, $10...) But I somehow feel vindicated in the face of those who said to me, "Why do you ride a bike? You're crazy!"



BTW, I do think I've seen a few more un-standard utilitarian cyclist types out there, lately. Goodonyer, mates!
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Old 05-04-08, 06:38 PM   #7
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Remember, Mike, when we were having these discussions back when gas was still less than $2 a gallon? That day is upon us that we all predicted, and those who chose to ignore the obvious are paying for it, and the cost still goes up...

We said things like, "People won't change until gas goes up to $4 gal."

The really ironic thing is that so many of us who have been commuting by bicycle for years weren't motivated by such high prices at the pump. Do prices have to go up to $6 for people to change? $8...?

Oh, I'm not wishing for that. I know the economic impact. Nor do I want everyone to do what I do, which is ride a bike. In fact, I kind of doubt most people will (unless we start talking $8, $10...) But I somehow feel vindicated in the face of those who said to me, "Why do you ride a bike? You're crazy!"



BTW, I do think I've seen a few more un-standard utilitarian cyclist types out there, lately. Goodonyer, mates!

Ha ha! You are right, Pete. I almost forgot about that. Everything in perspecitive 'eh. I seem to remember during the "over $2.00 per gallon" price jump, we temporarily saw more people bicycle commuting. Then, folks get used to the higher gas prices and fall back into the automobile.

I guess that the day that gas prices and the economy gets so demanding that people are forced to bicycle whether they like it or not will be a sad day indeed.
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Dang, Mike...I almost can't believe it myself...

$4 a gallon?



(If only my car could ride on milk...

...and say, glad to see you putting in your two bucks worth here in A & S, Mike. Nice to hear from an ol' time bike commuter, from the Snowy Midwest, no less! )
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Penticton, BC is a funny town.

It hosts the Canadian Ironman, so from May until the end of summer (race day is August 24th this year), there are always elite (and wannabe elite) riders 'round town.

But for the most part, the only cyclists I see are pure recreationalists, or those living on the margins.
And if you take the time to strike up a convo, the second group can fill you in on all the alleyways and bent-fence-shortcuts that can getcha crosstown in a hurry.
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Old 05-04-08, 07:39 PM   #10
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slight (SLIGHT) increase of bicycle use here. some more pedestrians as well.
i have noticed a simular decrease (reduction) in the volumn of automobile drivers,. at times. there also seems to be an upswing in motorcycle use here, from harly to moped...
changes are happening!
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I am seeing a lot more people on bikes lately...and not just the lower-class individual on a Huffy! The price of gas appears to be starting to have an effect on the numbers of "amateur hour" newbie bike commuters (also known as: "peds on bikes")--and even a few who know what they are doing and show it--in the upward direction.
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Old 05-04-08, 08:37 PM   #12
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Well, it's not really a fair comparison. Lots of our cyclists hibernate in the winter. This past two weeks they've emerged from their dens.
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I've seen a few more people on bikes lately, but I don't think they're doing anything. IOW, I think they're just leisurely riding around.
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Well, I just left my Trek dealer and he said they got hit pretty hard over the weekend. I don't know if its just cause its getting warm or the price of gas, but there are a lot of people getting interested in bikes around here lately
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Here in the DC area, I've been seeing a steady increase over the past ten years. There has been no sudden spike in cycling, though. Therefore, I think it is being driven by congestion and scarce and expensive parking rather than by gas prices.

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Around here I've been seeing a LOT more commuters. Obviously, this is judging books by covers, but it's a pretty fair guess who is and who isn't commuting. I can think of four or five regular ones whose routes intersect with mine -- and my commute is only a couple of miles. And I see many more when I'm out and about as well. It makes me happy.
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Oh hell yeah...even to the point of folks stopping to talk to me about my commuter bike, lights and such.
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Still very few cyclists around here. I keep hoping to see an increase, but I'm not holding my breath. Motor traffic seems as high as ever no matter the price of fuel.

I don't think you can always tell if a cyclist is commuting to work or not. I often commute on my fair weather bike with no rack or extra junk on board. Someone could easily think I'm just on a recreational ride. I do have fenders and a rack on my foul weather bike for when I need to carry stuff though.

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I can think of four or five regular ones whose routes intersect with mine -- and my commute is only a couple of miles.
In spite of all the motorists clogging the roads, there are often more bike commuters than we might think. We just don't see them because their routes don't always intersect with ours at the same time.

I used to meet a bike commuter who rode from Decatur, Ga., to Fort McPherson. Our routes overlapped, for several miles, but I never saw him unless I was a few minutes early. (Hello, Jose.)

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I see a lot more recreational cyclists, but very few new commuters. It's like people are getting bikes and toodling down the towpath as a means of preparing (at least in their own minds) for 5 bucks a gallon.
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I've been seeing a lot more, but I think it's just the fair weather commuters. There do seem to be a few more errand runners than I remember seeing before.
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Well i saw 3 bicycle commuters on my way to work today. That's up from 0 so what's that in percentage increase? (3-0)/0= ?? hmmm, my calculator would appear to be on the fritz.
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In Miami, everyone has a car. People will starve their kids and forgo heart medicine rather than not have a car. So I have seen very few bike commuters. Even the bike racks at the commuter rail stations only have two or three bikes parked in front of them.
The new Bicycling lists Miami as one of the worst cities in the nation for cycling.
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On the 12-15 mile haul between Davis and Sacramento, across the Yolo Causeway, I'm noticing a lot more new faces. Also, a lot more non- roadie types. This commute has previously been the domain of road cyclists who want to use their daily commute as training miles.
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In spite of all the motorists clogging the roads, there are often more bike commuters than we might think. We just don't see them because their routes don't always intersect with ours at the same time.

I used to meet a bike commuter who rode from Decatur, Ga., to Fort McPherson. Our routes overlapped, for several miles, but I never saw him unless I was a few minutes early. (Hello, Jose.)

Our community is currently building a new bike path that will connect the north and south sections of our city. I have a feeling that I'll be seeing many more commuters now that we have our own route. Just the fact that it's there should encourage more people to leave their car in the driveway.

It will be perfect for me as it covers about 3/4 of my commute!
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