2005 was one of the top years for bike sales in the U.S. with 20 million bikes sold. 2006 promises to be a record year as people tire of high gas prices.
In Northern California, one machine operator ditched his gas-guzzling truck and now bikes the six miles to work at his packaging plant. AP reports that he "rides rain or shine, feels more relaxed and healthier, and has lost nearly 50 pounds."
"Every time I get on the scale, it’s like I’m getting rewarded for riding to work," said Morrison, 38. "The two biggest complaints people have are not having enough money and obesity. I’m taking care of both."
While the National Bike to Work Week ended yesterday, some interesting figures came out about people’s transportation choices recently…
Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation reported that the state’s motorists actually drove fewer miles in 2005 as compared to 2004, by 300–400 million vehicle-miles!
Mike Ivey, of the Capitol Times says it’s the first time since 1982 that driving there has declined. He’s not certain whether it’s because "the economy’s in the tank," or because more people are cycling. But he adds that statewide, "public transit ridership last year scored its biggest gains since 1997."
Chicago and Wyoming hold their Bike To Work Weeks in June, so you might still have a chance to join the local two-wheeling crowd for some money-saving exercise. Just do it!
(Thanks to Cameron for submitting the story idea and Tribune link.)