Here's a bit of news that will please all of you bike-riding, eco-minded types: bicycle production is on the rise. According to the Earth Policy Institute's Eco-Economy Indicators, 130 million bicycles were produced last year, versus 52 million automobiles. What's even cooler is that bike production is increasing at a faster pace than car manufacturing: it's nearly quadrupled since 1970, while car production has only grown twofold.
Of course, most of the credit for increased bike riding goes to Europe, where cities pour money into bicycle infrastructure projects that encourage people to commute on two wheels instead of four. Colombia, South Korea, and Australia also boast great bike-friendly track records. In the US, bicycling has actually declined 32 percent since the early 1990s, and the number of people who commute via bike is especially low. But American cities are working to change that with increased bike lanes and programs like Bike to Work Day.
What do you think about these stats? Do you ride a bike either for transportation or for exercise? Do you wish that the US would follow the lead of Europe and do more to encourage bicycling?