"All told the shop sold 15 bikes Wednesday," notes Erlich. "In October it usually sells a bike every two weeks."
Bike enthusiasts are hoping the increased interest in bicycle commuting will endure once the transportation crisis subsides. ""Maybe this can be the window into the life of a cyclist," mused Jake Fleischmann, a salesman at Ride Brooklyn. "Maybe all these people who had a bike for leisure will see that riding a bike can be your mode of transportation, especially a city like New York. We are pretty level ground, you can ride anywhere within a few minutes."
That seems to be the case with Thomas Jarrels, who was a bike messenger in the 1980s but hadn't ridden to work since. "Though it took slightly longer than the train, he said, he thought he would keep biking even after the subway started running again," writes Kate Taylor in The New York Times.
"It saves money, and it's less of a headache," he said. "It gives you time to think, meditate and get your exercise on."