Maybe it's just the nice weather (and that I didn't really take note of the number of bikes last September), but I've noticed a TON of bikes at my college in the first week and a half of the semester. Around 11:00 this morning I went to get my bike and drop some stuff off at my house (3 miles off-campus), when I got to the rack (which MAY be built to fit 10 bikes) I saw 15-20 bikes locked up (some locked to each other) and one seemed to be cabled to a pillar near the rack.
Besides the volume of bikes, I've been impressed by the variety. Most of the bikes are still knobby-tired mountain bikes, but I've seen some slick-tired mountain bikes, a few old road/touring bikes (I ride a 1985 Trek 620), a couple of cruisers, what looked to be one single speed mountain bike, and one adult tricycle.
I figure (and hope) that the number of bikes out will decrease as the weather gets worse. Even though we have what seems like 50 racks on campus, to my knowledge, only two are actually covered by a roof.
Do any other college students/faculty/staff notice more bikes around this year?