Gas Prices Drive Canadians to Bikes

Sunny Freeman of The Canadian Press takes to the streets to talk to bicyclists about their choice of conveyance. She says a gas price spike during the summer of 2008 pushed many Canadians onto two wheels.

Freeman says Canadians are getting a reply of the 2008 spike now, which is inspiring a new crop of defectors, according to Susan Shaheen of the Innovative Mobility Program at the University of California, Berkeley:

"We definitely tend to see, anecdotally, changes in uptake for car sharing and shared modes when we see gas prices rising, but I think another factor in addition to that is economic decline," says Shaheen to Freeman.

Car-sharing networks like Zipcar and bike-sharing programs are also seeing an influx of new passengers.

Thanks to Steven Godfrey

Full Story: Car, bike sharing programs gearing up as Canadian gas prices spike

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET