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January 05, 2019

For the last three years, the number of bicyclists in the U.S. has increased.  More adults are picking up cycling as a means of transportation, exercise and entertainment.  That's great news! More bicycles mean less pollution and healthier people. But how does the U.S. compare globally when it comes to cycling?  Below is a quick look at three other countries and what cycling looks like in their cultures:

  • The Netherlands.  Almost 30% of all trips in the Netherlands are made by bicycle.  That's one in three! The Netherlands is the number one country in the world for cycling.  There's a bike for almost every citizen. It's not just that the Dutch like bicycles, they also have the infrastructure for it.  Amsterdam has more than 200 miles of cycling lanes. If U.S. cities could catch up, the number of cyclists might increase to match.
  • South Africa.  Search bicycling in South Africa and you'll be treated photos of beautiful landscapes.  The country is home to gorgeous terrain that is best experienced by bicycle. Many companies offer bicycle tours of the countryside.  For the locals, cycling is becoming a more popular mode of transportation. Cities are adding bike lanes, and bike sharing programs are becoming more popular.  
  • Japan. Even though it doesn't have the most bicycles per capita, Japan still has a strong biking culture.  15% of commutes are made on a bicycle, and the rate of bike theft is very low. Since there isn't a problem with theft, most people leave their bicycles unlocked.  

The U.S. may not have the most bicycles per capita, or the strongest biking culture.  But bicycles and cycling are gaining popularity year over year. More cities are adding bike lanes to their infrastructure.  You can do your part to make the U.S. more bike-friendly by getting out there on your bike! Check out some of our options if you need a new bike to get started.  





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Biking is an enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. Whether you're tooling around the neighborhood or participating in road races, cycling is a great way to get fresh air and exercise.  

Unfortunately, cycling can be dangerous. And it is important for us to bring awareness to the dangers of cycling to help all riders become highly alert of their surroundings when riding on the road. In 2020, nearly 700 cyclists were killed in crashes involving vehicles. Of those, a quarter were hit-and-runs, which means the driver fled the scene before police arrived.

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Ever dream of thru-biking across the interior of the United States? Thanks to a decades-long project spearheaded by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, that trip is one step closer to fruition. 

When completed, the Great American Rail-Trail will stretch from Washington D.C. to Washington state, encompassing nearly 3,700 miles along the way. The idea has been in the works for 50 years and more progress is being made every day. 

About 80 miles of the trail are considered complete, but the Great American Rail-Trail already connects with existing bike trails. It's built on old railroad lines, hence the name. The path is made from paved asphalt, crushed stone and other materials.