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Bicycle Commuting

September 25, 2009, 5am PDT
Fueled by the city's investment in infrastructure, 6.4 percent of commuters in Portland, Oregon biked to work in 2008, an increase of nearly 60% over the previous year.
The Oregonian
August 28, 2009, 6am PDT
A brewery in Ashland, Oregon decided that the best way to incentivize employees to commute differently was to buy them bikes. A 15-minute on-street parking space was removed and replaced with a large bicycle rack to accommodate the bicycles.
Mail Tribune
Blog post
April 6, 2009, 10am PDT

Pains of an imminent NYC transit fare hike and a recent article in the New York Times on bike theft/vandalism defeatism inspired me to validate the overwhelming perceived economic benefits of commuting by bike versus transit, despite the occasional theft.  If frugal is the next big thing and green is the new black, then hop on a crappy old bike if you want to be hip.

Ian Sacs
October 11, 2008, 7am PDT
The $700 billion bailout bill includes federal tax benefits for people who commute by bike.
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2008, 12pm PDT
One resident finds it surprisingly easy to live on Milwaukee's East Side without a car.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
August 20, 2008, 11am PDT
This video from the Wall St. Journal Online gives a first-hand look at the current bicycle culture in Beijing, and the variety of bike types available.
Wall St. Journal
August 8, 2008, 7am PDT
A Vancouver company is importing Dutch city bicycles, and the relaxed commuting lifestyle that goes with them.
The Vancouver Sun
August 4, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>In many cities across the U.S., commuters are taking to their bikes as gas prices climb. But as the Wall St. Journal reports, it takes guts to bike in Los Angeles, where bike lanes and racks are a rarity.</p>
Wall St. Journal
July 29, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Whether for exercise, eco-consciousness or necessity, a growing number of suburban New York commuters are using two wheels instead of four.</p>
The New York Times
July 2, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>T.J. Kelly was finding it difficult to squeeze in exercise, and looking at his rising commute costs. A new co-worker helped him turn his commute into a workout.</p>
Wall St. Journal
Blog post
March 26, 2008, 11am PDT

Now that the weather in Los Angeles has gone from pleasant to perfect with the subtle advent of spring, I've been spending more time risking my life atop my bicycle as I wend my way to meetings and errands. As a faithful urbanist I have little trouble convincing myself of cycling's merits, which, as former California State Health Officer Dr. Richard Jackson likes to say, can "improve your life span, lower your blood pressure, make you better looking, improve your sex life, and save you money." Sounds good to me.

Josh Stephens