Give this a read. Smells like hope is blooming in the bike industry.
I've always said that higher gas prices are not the cure for the bike industry's blues, but it is clearly helping things. I see it as a great start, or catalyst, to help make the necessary changes for more/ broader ridership. It's always been my belief that convenience and safety are paramount to keeping people on bikes once they get on a bike.
It is my sincere hope that we are on the road to creating a better cycling world in the US- one with the proper infrastructure to keep people interested in using their bikes as more than toys/ fitness tools... but as a regular part of their lives.
Hope does spring eternal after all...
(Thanks to my coworker James Ayres for sharing this article with me. As they say, "even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile".)