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I've never seen so many people riding bikes-anyone else noticing this?

Old 07-16-08, 04:25 PM
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I've never seen so many people riding bikes-anyone else noticing this?

I've never seen so many people riding bikes as I have this summer. I think its because of the price of gas. Has anyone else noticed a huge upsurge in bicyclists? I'd say about 80% male, 20% female riding all kinds of bikes in all kinds of clothes. The funniest one. I saw a great big (adult) guy all hunched up riding a small kids bike and smoking a cigarette as he rode.
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No. I've been expecting it, but haven't seen it.
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I've seen or riders commuting to work in the mornings. Bad thing is most don't know how to ride properly. I see them hopping off curbs and sidewalks into traffic. I've nearly slammed on my brakes after guys have flown off the curbs and swerved into my path. Some doing 20 mph downhill on public sidewalks. I'm figuring the stats on cycling injuries will rise.

Oh, and don't forget only half have helmets!
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I'm seeing some nice touring and custom commuter bikes more often on the road now during my morning commutes. I'm constantly slowing down in my vehicle to check out what they're riding.
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Very few people have a choice about bicycle riding due to the distances involved (I will not rant about zoning and school districts). If you are seeing more people on bikes it is because they are unempolyed. That's my take anyway.
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I'm seeing a lot more people on bikes, and it's not necessarily because they're unemployed. The newspaper here recently reported that gasoline consumption decreased by 15% in the period of December '07 to April '08 compared to the same time last year. And the article also said that bike stores have reported an increase in bike sales by 20% over the prior year. I live in urban Honolulu so the good weather and close proximity makes bike commuting a very viable option to many.
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I've noticed an increase in bike commuters, too. Some obviously haven't thought it through, like the guy a couple of weeks ago in nice slacks, a tie, and a light blue shirt....which was soaked from collar to belt in sweat. Glad I don't share an office with that dude.

The sad thing is, I bet a lot of those commuters that "went off half-cocked" gave it up after the first time or two, when all that was wrong was their preparation and technique.

I'll tell you what I've seen the biggest increase in: Scooters! I really don't understand it, though, as in my state once the engine is 50cc or larger the rider has to have a motorcycle endorsement on his operator's license. If I were to want to go that way, and had to go through all the trouble to get the MC endorsement, I'd just buy a small motorcycle and get the handling advantage of the bigger diameter tires.
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Old 07-16-08, 06:23 PM
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Yup. Quite a few. Lets see how it pans out when fall and then winter hits.

I even encountered someone riding in the street today... against traffic.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:23 PM
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I'm seeing a lot more people riding, and unfortunately a large percentage of them are often riding on the wrong side of the road against traffic. When I'm driving I'm more conscious of watching for bikers sneaking up on me from the right when I'm stopped at an intersection looking left for traffic clearance before making a right turn, but I doubt most other drivers are doing the same. With the upsurge in riding I have no doubt there will be a proportionate upsurge in accidents.
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Old 07-16-08, 08:41 PM
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I've been riding more, but not to work. If I have to lock my bike up on the street anywhere, I'm not riding.
That's where a less-worrisome type bike comes in handy.
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The tourist town I'm living in always has a high number of cyclists (of all stripes) and given that we host the Canadian Iron Man in about a month, the place is becoming happily inundated with tri-athletes (happily unless you need work done at one of the two LBS's!).

But the BIG THING IS, the the two lakes on either end of the city have dramatically less speedboat/wave-runner activity, and RV's and Motorhomes are nearly non-existent on the roadways!

I freakin' LOVE IT.

Folks are still vacationing. The hotels are full (especially since people are leaving the motorhomes at home). The beaches are packed with hot young bodies. The concessioners are still making a killing...

It's just that it seems like there has been a shift in the WAY people vacation. More walking/bike-riding/canoing/kayaking/ less ATV'ing, highway sightseeing, wannabe cigarette boat racing.

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I've noticed a slight increase here in Dallas. Quite a few wear helmets too and that makes me kinda proud. As far as I know, only 3 of us ride to work at our building. If there was more I'd begin asking for a bike rack.
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I have noticed changes in automotive traffic. On a recent trip, the big SUVs and noncommercial trucks were conspicuous by their absence. Traffic hadn't slowed down, but there was noticeably less of it.
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What I've seen from the "other side of the bike shop counter":

Business is brisk, but the transactions are smaller. More people are wanting to ride bikes as an alternative form of transportation, but are less willing to spend money on expensive "toys". There's more focus on servicing older bikes to make them rideable, more focus on utility of bicycles (baskets, racks and bags) and unfortunately an industry-wide shortage of repair parts. Bike shops are busier than ever, but are having to work harder to make fewer dollars. Hopefully other shops that lack a broad focus can adjust to the new dynamics.
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Originally Posted by geo8rge View Post
Very few people have a choice about bicycle riding due to the distances involved (I will not rant about zoning and school districts). If you are seeing more people on bikes it is because they are unempolyed. That's my take anyway.
what?

that makes no sense..sure some might be poor..but you cant just judge someone that way.
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I'm seeing big increase. One interesting trends is seeing younger riders on bikes from the 70s & 80s. These aren't vintage riders, they're kids who are buying affordable used bikes. The garages of Orange County are being cleared of 10 speeds & 1st generation MTBs that hadn't turned a wheel in years
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I'm seeing big increase. One interesting trends is seeing younger riders on bikes from the 70s & 80s. These aren't vintage riders, they're kids who are buying affordable used bikes. The garages of Orange County are being cleared of 10 speeds & 1st generation MTBs that hadn't turned a wheel in years
That same trend I've seen for at least 5-6 years in my area. Tons of hipsters or yuppies in my area with older 70's and up to mid 80's bikes. It's not a pretty area and the roads aren't smooth so I see many riding these kinds of bikes. I also think one see's the other riding this kind of bike, and so it must be cool. The funny thing is, alot of these younger people have money(trust fund babies), but they want to fit it, so it's a older bike.
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I haven't noticed an increase. However, I've noticed there are a LOT more requests for bikes and bike parts on the local Freecycle lists, increasing from 1 a year to 1 a week.
 
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I live in a small (pop. 3000) midwestern town where folk's walking/jogging in the street
is very common. There used to be an occasional bike but now there is an explosion of
adults and teenagers on bikes doing all sorts of things that used to be done with cars.
I also see a LOT more kids on the streets riding bikes like they used to in the 50's & 60's.

The local grocer had to put in a bike rack for all the adults that now ride bikes to the store
for that loaf of bread they forgot.

There is no doubt that $4 gas is getting people outta their cars when they don't need them
for the job. Hooray!
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I see lots more cyclists on the road these days but I think it's more due to the nice weather than any fundamental shift in transportation choices. Once the cold rains start back up 95% of them will be back in the car.
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It's fuel costs driving alternative transportation. Most of the increases I've seen, as far as cyclists go, are folks commuting rather than recreational riders…
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I see more people who seem to be utility riding - either commuting or shopping, going to the movies, etc. Here in central AZ, people have also slowed down on the freeway by 5-10 mph and on the surface streets. It makes for more relaxed riding and driving. We don't have public transportation here, but many have told me they would use it if they could. We see less riders in the colder months. (Yes, it gets down to 17-20 degrees in the winter here.)
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I've noticed easily twice as many riders this summer vs. last summer in Anchorage. Many have no idea what they're doing, either. Blasting through red lights and plowing down pedestrians. Makes me wonder about the old licensing idea. The snows will thin them out and leave we happy few, we band of frozen brothers.
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Originally Posted by Tightwad View Post
I live in a small (pop. 3000) midwestern town where folk's walking/jogging in the street
is very common. There used to be an occasional bike but now there is an explosion of
adults and teenagers on bikes doing all sorts of things that used to be done with cars.
I also see a LOT more kids on the streets riding bikes like they used to in the 50's & 60's.

The local grocer had to put in a bike rack for all the adults that now ride bikes to the store
for that loaf of bread they forgot.

There is no doubt that $4 gas is getting people outta their cars when they don't need them
for the job. Hooray!

What I am wondering about is if they are enjoying it or not.
It seems a mute point if everyone has the attitude of "dang gas prices. Now I have to ride this POS bike.".
However, at least this is a start.
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Originally Posted by geo8rge View Post
Very few people have a choice about bicycle riding due to the distances involved (I will not rant about zoning and school districts). If you are seeing more people on bikes it is because they are unempolyed. That's my take anyway.
Ignorance Spotted.

Anyway.

I don't see a LOT of riders, but it has gone from 0 to a few here and there. Michigan isn't very bike friendly. Few bike lanes. Lots of cars. bad roads from years of snow/salt. The local Bike shops to seem busier.. not sure where they all go.

The ones I DO see are always on the side walk. I very rarely see people on the road. And the ones on the sidewalk are all very slow. It's encouraging though. I hope they all stick with it. I used to see this one dude who commuted in his work outfit, but ever since it got cold last year, I quit seeing him.
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