This morning, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about how U.S Bicycle Companies are catering especially to the needs of commuters. Today, there are a variety of bikes aimed for people who want to pleasantly ride to work instead of driving their car for 2-3 miles. I’ve also managed to get hold of articles that make other countries simply sound like heaven for cyclists. Anyway, here’s a clipping from WSJ.
's Department of Transportation announced it will add 200 miles of new on-street bicycle paths, lanes and routes over the next three years. New York City Floridajust implemented a new state law that requires motorists to maintain a minimum three-foot distance when passing bicyclists -- following similar legislation in Arizona, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utahand . Wisconsin
Whether many Americans will trade their cars for bikes remains to be seen. Sales of commuter bikes rose 15% over the past two years, according to Boston-based Bicycle Market Research Institute. However, at an estimated $900,000 in annual sales, it is still a small niche. Less than 0.5% of Americans commute by bike, according to the 2000 U.S. Census report. "There's no way it will happen here," says Bicycle Market Research Institute President Ash Jaising, who projects the segment's rise in sales will slow to 5% to 10% over the next two years. "The roads are just too dangerous.
More Cycling in Canada
Cycling is more popular in
However, John Forrester, http://www.johnforester.com/ a transportation engineer in the U.S, has criticized various conclusions of the author from the paper. Read it here.
Europeis the world leader in bicycle use. In , 33 percent of all trips are made by bicycle. In Amsterdam , one third of all commuters bike to work. Copenhagen Europe’s many bicycle-friendly cities have developed expansive networks of support services, often including bike lanes and separate bikeways, secure bicycle parking, and end-of-trip facilities such as showers and locker rooms. Safety initiatives implemented over the past 25 years in Germany—such as better cycling routes, “traffic calming,” more education, and stronger enforcement of traffic laws—have improved cycling safety while doubling the number of bike trips taken.
By contrast to U.S, in
The author says,
I cannot count the times cars and trucks have slowed to my speed and followed me for a block or more when passing me would have crowded me to the side of a street or road. This is because the streets are narrow and drivers are used to sharing the road with bikers, parked cars, pedestrians, or people on in-line skates. Yes, you will have to ride on some streets inChina?
- but it is much safer than riding on streets in the States. Germany
Here's a list of bicycle data from the world over.