Sunday, November 9, 2008

Which Came First?

The other night a friend told a terrible "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" joke (in this case the answer was 'the chicken')...and it got me thinking about an article I just read about bicycling: Commuter Cycling Is Soaring, City Says.

In this article, I learned that commuting by bicycle in NYC has increased 35% between 2007 and 2008. The question is why the increase (and is the data accurate)? The article suggests that the increase in amount of bicycle lanes and other investments geared toward making the streets safer for bicycling may have had a large impact on the number of people cycling.

Maybe the bike lane did come first. Or maybe it was high gas prices, increased parking costs (or lack of parking) greater commitment to the environment by individuals, greater commitment to personal health, or something else? Who knows...but regardless of the cause, it's a great statistic. Definitely making me want to go get a tune up on my old "wheels!"

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1 comment:

Kevin said...

It is an interesting question that I think can be posed to many different aspects of alternative transportation (metro/subway ridership, bus ridership, etc). Honestly, I think it is a combination of the need for these transportation alternatives going up because of the price it takes to not only drive a car daily, but maintain it (those 5,000 mile checkups can be costly!), but also because it has become more socially acceptable to be energy conscious. Ultimately, I guess we'll find out if gas prices stay low, whether that was the cause in any of this. My hope is that people continue to use biking/mass transportation when available!

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