Urban Biking: Not Just for Hipsters Anymore

Ask a group of ten people if they want to live in a neighborhood that supports biking, and nine of them are going to say yes.  Europe has certainly figured this out, and more and more Americans are doing the same.  While baby boomers saw car ownership as the ultimate status symbol, Gen-X, Gen-Y, and Millenials don’t necessarily feel the same way.  David Goldberg, Transportation for America spokesman says “There’s a younger generation that doesn’t automatically assume that paying for a car and using it for everything is the only way to live life.”

A recent article from the Nation discusses the “rise of urban biking,” which is happening among all ethnic groups, and at all income levels:

The urban biking surge can be linked to a number of other factors, from high gas prices to an increased awareness of climate change. New bicyclists have discovered how unsafe many roads are for riding—and in response they have helped reinvigorate a movement that was once the sole province of urban planners and environmentalists: to reshape America’s streets.

Grist also discusses the demographics of cyclists here:

Bicycling is remarkably evenly distributed among the remaining three (income) quartiles. With the exception of the overrepresented bottom quartile, bike trips don’t appear to be the province of any one income class more than any other.

And some super cool infographics on “How Bikes Can Save Us”: