Friday, May 29, 2009

Bikes & Cars

Well, May is bike month and for the first quarter, as reported by Fast Company, it appears that more bikes were sold nationally than cars, surely a first, and no wonder the Parkway trail is getting more crowded.

An excerpt.

“Both automobile and bicycle purchases fell overall in the first quarter of 2009, but in a surprising twist, bike sales trumped car sales (2.6 million bicycles vs. 2.5 million cars). And while bike sales are down 30% overall from the first quarter of 2008, it's a slower drop than car sales, which are down over 35%. Granted, bikes are much cheaper than cars--many college students can afford a brand new bike but would be hard-pressed to purchase a car. Still, Dennis Markatos, founder of Sustainable Energy Transition, thinks it is also an indicator of a growing bike culture in the U.S.”