Bicycle commuting is on the rise in metropolitan Phoenix, where bike shops are reporting increasing sales of commuter bikes.
"Skyrocketing gas prices are prompting more commuters to try bicycling to work - or at least to the nearest bus stop."
"Several Valley cycle shops report higher sales of commuter models and demand for tuneups on bikes that have been gathering dust in back rooms or garages."
"Some employers are responding by catering to workers' demands for secure bike lockers and showers."
"'We don't have good data because so few cities do bicycle counts,' said R.S. Matt, spokesman for the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists and a Phoenix resident. 'But you see more of them in the streets, and we're getting lots of calls for bicycle education.'"