Below is a link to an interesting article about cars, petroleum, and biking as an alternative means of transportation. Since some national governments are hopelessly deadlocked in the car is king culture; some cities who can't cope with car gridlock have taken to their own means to promote bike commuting. Actions like London and Bogota , Colombia place fees upon using cars during peak times. Copenhagen is so determined to lessen gridlock, they actually provide commuters with free bikes.
Only US town mentioned is Chicago. Seoul actually demolished a freeway to turn it into bike paths and parks.
Interesting comments. Mayor of Bogota says in twenty years, switching to bikes would buy one family a house, due to the savings. London merchants were initially worried that punishing cars would reduce sales. Wrong. Increased mobility by commuters enhanced merchant's sales. Mayor of London says as bikes obtain a 'critical mass' resistance to cycling diminishes, bikes are accepted, cars slow down and there are fewer traffic fatilities, due to less miles driven and safer practices by motorists. The mayor said traffic fatalities have halves as bike mileage has doubled.
In the US many feel cyclists have no rights to transportation monies. Because they don't pay gas taxes.
A study in Netherlands said even though 25% of commutes are on bike. Bike lanes gets only 6% of the funding.Wish the US would even fund alternative transportation at a 6% figure.
Negatives. Beijing's bike commute population has fallen 66% as they turn to the car, at the costs of ever increasing petroleum costs and climate change.
Unexpected faccts. Danes commute on bike 936 KM a year. Dutch 848 and US- 40 KM. Thought the Dutch were the worlds greaterst bikers.