Accident toll rises as gas-shocked commuters opt for bicycles

20 07 2008

Notes from this interesting article on

“At least five bicyclists have been killed in Chicago alone this year, leading to lawsuits, organized protests demanding safer bike routes and a set of new ordinances requiring drivers to give cyclists at least a 3-foot-wide berth when passing.

“Most of the crashes that we’ve seen are a result of inattentive driving,” said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

“Cycling advocates point to a host of other longstanding problems that they say are becoming critical now that so many new riders are hitting the streets: too many potholes and poorly maintained streets, too few bicycle lanes, too few places to securely park a bike, too few places to wash up after a long ride to work.”

“I believe in the future that cycling is going to not be just a trend, but a way of life for a lot of people,” said Gene Wells, owner of Fat Tire Cycle in Buckhannon, W.Va., an assessment that was echoed by Rebecca Anderson, advocacy director for Trek Bicycle Corp.

“Millions of people have bicycles hanging in the garage and they’re getting them down and riding them,” Anderson said. “People are looking at the bicycle as more than just a toy.”

Full article here




2 responses

27 01 2010

In the town of Buckhannon, West Virginia… as rural as it is, I have seen quite a change in commuting. The entire town is less than 3 miles from one end to the other. I have a car, but as long as the weather is fine and I’m not buying something big… there is no reason to need to drive.

20 04 2013

I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of
your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect
with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images.
Maybe you could space it out better?

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