Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 27th, 2008 at 2:17 pm
I've been getting emails all morning because a bicycle is the lead photograph on CNN.com today. Here's a screenshot...
Alexa ranks CNN.com as the 51st most popular website in the world so a prominent photo and story that shows biking as an alternative to cars is no small blip on the radar screen.
This headline -- and the many others coming out almost every day lately -- make it clear that driving is on a decline all over the country and for many people, going by bike is a natural alternative.
The best part of the CNN story is the accompanying "Quick Vote" that asks "Are you driving less because of rising gas prices?". So far, 82% of the 183,000 respondents say yes.
On a local note, it is precisely these types of changes in driving behaviors that some are using to question the wisdom of pouring $4.2 billion into a new highway and bridge project -- the Columbia River Crossing -- whose base assumptions were made way before high gas prices become such a major issue.
We're in for a very interesting summer.Email This Post Possibly related posts