Bicycles have become a huge subculture in the United States. More and more people are adopting bike riding into their routines, and some are even using bikes as their main source of transportation. Here are three interesting bicycle stories from around the country.
This article chronicles one man’s journey across the United States. What makes it so fascinating is he did it on a bike. Bruce Weber, a reporter for the New York Times, started in Oregon and biked all the way across the country to New York. His journey took him roughly three months and across 4,100 miles.
Not many people will ever make this trek, so what Weber did was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The best part of the story is that Weber tweeted and posted articles and photos during his ride to update readers about his experience and his current location. Therefore, he was able to interact with his readers in a way that many writers don’t get to. It was great to read about his experience and the sights he saw, and Weber described them in such a visual manner that you could see them clearly in your mind. In addition, many of the photographs that were taken along the way were beautiful.
Many people are probably guilty of what this article is about, riding a bike while drunk. With more people riding bikes, and more people enjoying happy hours, this seems to be an emerging trend. Although there are some risks, it seems much safer than driving under the influence, and is much cheaper than paying to a taxicab. But what are the repercussions if you get caught? This concern, as well as others, is covered in the article in a rather light-hearted, and at time comical, manner.
What makes this article so good is its entertaining subject matter. It discusses biking while drunk, how drinking and biking seemingly go hand-in-hand and the possible risks associated with biking under the influence, all without being too preachy. At some points, the author seems to even be in favor of biking while intoxicated, because it is safer than driving under the influence and encourages more people to ride bike by taking away their fears of the road. The opening anecdote draws you in, and the additional anecdotes sprinkled throughout keep your attention. Also, it seems especially relevant for Eugene, where so many people ride bikes and drink alcohol.
Bicycles and cycling can actually be beneficial to not only the environment, but the economy as well. The infrastructure needed for safe biking can create thousands of jobs for people and help reduce the impact of a recession. The article stated that in Copenhagen, Denmark, “riders are responsible for a $247 million economic impact… more than 300 businesses and 650 full-time jobs stem from the city’s culture of riding to work.”
This article is interesting because it is so unexpected. I never would have thought that riding bikes could have as much of an impact on the economy as the article stated. It is intriguing to think that the U.S. could possibly improve its economy if more people rode bikes. It is articles like this that are beneficial to the cycling world and give bikes a good name.