The writing is on the wall concerning automotive transportation in the USA. With the price of gasoline increasing rapidly with no hint of retreat, we are finally getting a glimmer of hope that many automobile owners are going to be choosing smaller gas-conservative vehicles rather than the big BIG trucks and SUVs that have dominated the roads in recent years.
Of course, it will take awhile. The big BIG vehicles have to run their course. Nobody is going to trash their new-ish gas-guzzler and get an efficiency automobile, but as the gas-thirsty SUVs start to retire, I am sure we will see them replaced with smaller vehicles and even mopeds.
This is clearly what we see in countries where gasoline prices have been higher than ours through most of modern history.
Anyway, it is not likely that the bicycle utopia that many bicyclist dream of will ever be realized - where automobiles are discarded and replaced by bicycles.
However, it is likely that the wide and beautiful roads that America has built to accommodate the big-vehicle lifestyle will have a lot more space for bicyclists as the rest of the vehicles become more modest in size and with some four wheeled transportation being traded for two-wheeled motorbikes.
I am very much looking forward to the day when I as a bicycliest can once again see over the tops of the vehicles around me and look down the streets for oncoming traffic. It will also be good when automobiles can pass me with enough space for both of us to be comfortable.