Between 2000 and 2011, bicycle commuting in the U.S. was up 47% overall and up 80% in communities that are bike-friendly, according to an article in The Christian Science Monitor.
The increase in cycling appears to be driven by more than one force: the increase in energy/gas prices, the green movement and the fitness craze all seem to be components. Additionally, a new generation of mayors are now pushing bike lanes, bike-share programs, bike garages, etc., in an effort to wean people from their cars and couches and onto the seat of a bicycle.
The article states that In 2013, at least 18 new cities will set up bike-share networks — a 50% increase over 2012. "I think we're at a new standard for cycling in America," said Ray LaHood, the outgoing US Secretary of Transportation. "I think we've reached the tipping point, and we're going way beyond that."
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