Traveling? Take a Bike!

Bicycle commuting increased 43% in the U.S. from 2000 to 2008. And as commuters get used to having their trusty bike to get around, more business travelers are taking their ride with them.

"Christopher R. Bennett, a civil engineer for the World Bank who was out of the country for work 172 days last year, is one of what experts say is a growing number of business travelers who bicycle while on assignment.

'To me, cycling is part of my DNA,' Mr. Bennett said in an interview from Tbilisi, Georgia, where he was overseeing investment in road construction. He travels with a bike that disassembles and fits in an average-size suitcase, or uses bicycles he stores at hotels he frequents. 'Bellhops know when I'm coming and bring them to me,' he said."

Full Story: Business Travelers Take to Their Bikes



More bike lanes needed

In non-urban areas, there is still a lot of need for roadside improvements to make the roads safe for bicyclists to use their bike for commuting. This includes bike lanes and rails to trails.

The numbers would be higher if our non-urban roads were more accommodating to bicyclists.

More bike lanes

Urban areas could use some bike infrastructure too. US cities are far behind most European cities.

And even if US urban areas have bike lanes/infrastructure, most aren't safe or convenient enough for 95% of the population including women and families.

City bike infrastructure

The major cities I have visited on the East Coast do have increasing bike infrastructure, including bike lanes. In rural and suburban areas, the space left on the side of major roads that bicyclists must squeeze into is often filled with road washout and/or rumble strips and is dangerously narrow.

Space without bike lanes in cities can also be dangerously narrow and involve more cars, but doesn't usually have pebbles or rumble strips in it.

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