A year ago, I remember the first day of classes at the university I go to. The bike racks has 3-4 bikes on them at most. All of them were dedicated bicyclists, part of the cycling organization.
Last Monday, things were totally different. The bike racks are not just full, but beyond capacity where people have bikes leaning on a nearby wall, but tethered to the rack by multiple cable locks chained together. The dedicated road bikes are now drowned out by X-Mart specials, cruisers, and low end mountain bikes, apparently rescued from a garage.
I knew more people were riding, but this is almost a 1000% increase in the number of bikes I'm seeing.