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 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.
The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!