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Is Cycling Growing Or Declining In Your Area (U.S.)?

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Old 02-12-18, 09:09 AM
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Kind of depends on what were talking about. In my particular neighborhood it has increased. I see more young families out on their bikes and others for exercise. About 5 years ago I thought I was the only person who had a bike. In other parts of town I see about the same number of roadies and casual riders. City bikes have definitely increased the number of riders around downtown and the waterfront. One thing I will say about this area is the amount of bike shops has increased in the past 10 years. Bucking the trend perhaps.
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Old 02-12-18, 10:09 AM
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My view is when Armstrong was winnning. He made cycling alot more popular.
It was crazy. Everybody I knew was getting into cycling and training for centuries.
Company I was working for also jumped on the bandwagon. Making big donations to bike charities.
I don't see none of that nowadays.

Who is our next cycling hero?

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Old 02-12-18, 01:53 PM
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I'd say it's growing. Lots of local breweries and coffee shops doing some no-drop group rides for casual/fun riders. Offering a beer discount or free pizza. Lots of them doing little local fund raiser rides of like 10-15 miles.

Serious riding or racing wise? I'll have to see how my first year of racing goes. I feel like cross/crit is much much stronger in this area than RR. There's probably 10 crits to 1 road race, as a ratio. Time trial is totally non existent. I'll be driving hours once a month to go do a series. I bet if you advertised to the local triathlon crowd and allowed non-UCI bikes those folks would give TT a shot.

I'd say racing wise the ratio of triathletes to road racers is probably at least 4 to 1 if you say 'competitive' triathletes. Probably 25 to 1 for the general participant.

I think it's because the concept of "getting dropped" doesn't exist in a triathlon or foot race. You either finish before the limit or you don't. Imagine having time cutoffs by AG in triathlon or a half marathon.

The best bet for grassroots racing is for more of these local breweries and coffee shops to start little teams. Right now, there's a few like that. But they're pretty "exclusionary". If you're not already "in the know", no amount of being able to rip their guy's legs off will help.
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Old 02-12-18, 03:27 PM
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In the DC-area, commuter biking has so many participants since a growth spurt between about 2010-2015 that it's hard to eyeball whether it's still growing or has levelled off. It does not appear to be shrinking, at least.

Racing is a different story, at least road racing. Events that would fill up at 70-90 riders per race in 2012, when I started, are now lucky to get half that number. Teams dedicated to road racing are seeing declining membership and some races have disappeared altogether.
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Old 02-12-18, 04:36 PM
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In the summer time the 130 miles of hard surface bike trails in Lincoln are heavily used. There are a lot of parents out with their kid on sidewalk bikes.
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Old 02-13-18, 09:52 AM
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I don't think there are more in the NW suburbs of Detroit than normal. But with Strava and Facebook, it seems I know many more cylists now than I ever could have. We have local bike store (Hometown Bicycles) that is actively trying to get more group riders together.
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Old 02-13-18, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Cycling is growing in Fort Worth and, judging from social media contacts, doing well elsewhere in Texas….Fort Worth's Mayor Betsy Price is a fitness buff and very supportive of cycling. She participates in group rides, including the summer Tour de Fort Worth … It also helps to ignore the usual handful of anti-cycling curmudgeons who infest the comment sections on local media pages...

But it takes that one person. Almost invariably if that one person leaves the area, becomes incapacitated or experiences life changes that make it impossible to continue participating, the activity declines unless there's a small core group with someone else willing to pick up the slack
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(from 2011)One of the big changes in the Boston cycling scene over the past couple years has been the interest that Mayor Menino has taken in bicycling, and he has appointed a bike czar, introduced severa lcycling lanes in those above-mentioned areas in the heart of the city, and instituted a bicycle sharing system, called “Hubway,” particularly centered in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods...
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Again,not U.S., but in the Metro Toronto Area I've been hearing politicians talk about a city that is more livable, that is, people can walk and ride their bikes to places, more green space, more pedestrian friendly, more trails, more bike lanes.

The current city administration seems to be quite committed to this initiative, whereas the previous one, not so much. I think because of this,bike use, in particular for commuting, has increased.

Political currents have a huge impact on whether bicycle use is increasing or declining.
I have considered Toronto as a sister city to Boston, and to elaborate on your post, mcours2006:
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…Two years ago (in 2013) we visited Toronto and when riding on Yonge St. I realized how valuable were those simply painted bike lanes we have in Boston; Toronto had none.

Later on that visit, I met a cyclist and we exchanged tales of riding in our mutual cities. He told me about Rob Ford’s vehement anti-cycling stance. Later that year I started a thread on A&S, since moved to P&R,”Conservative’s New Enemy: Bikes”
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… While in Toronto, I met a cycling advocate, and he asked me how Boston compared, and I had to admit urban riding in TO was a lot scarier than in Boston.

In comparing notes, he blamed it on the Mayor, who "drove an SUV," while I praised our mayor for his commitment to cycling, and even hired a former Olympic cyclist as a "Bicycling Czar." It seems our Hubways Bike-Share system is doing well, while your Bixi Bikes is having some difficulty. Nonetheless, I was impressed with the number of cyclists I saw....
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...But Ford reserves special venom for the menace called the bicycle. He is perhaps the most antibike politician in the world. In 2007,he told the Toronto City Council that roads were designed for only buses, cars,and trucks. If cyclists got killed on roads, “it’s their own fault at the end of the day,” he said.

He compared biking on a city street to swimming withsharks—“sooner or later you’re going to get bitten.” He once summarized his views in City Hall succinctly: “Cyclists are a pain in the ass to the motorists."
In 2015,
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…For the past two days the family and I have been visiting Toronto, and I’ve rented a bike-share bike [for a few early morning weekend rides], similar to our Hubways. I think if you were to distill the best features of New York and Boston, you would produce Toronto, at least for cycling.

There’s the exciting and interesting environment of cavernous downtown streets, but easy access to pleasant neighborhood cycling. We stayed in a section at the periphery of the downtown called Yorkville, like Back Bay but larger and more elegant. Within about five minutes I was into a pleasant neighborhood of older but well-kept houses similar to Brookline.…

One downside perhaps of Toronto compared to Boston is that it appears at the outskirts to massively sprawl, and I suspect it takes quite a while to get out from the city into pristine country riding, like our Metrowest.
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…I've never ridden a tandem, nor have I ever read the Tandem Cycling Forum (though I have ridden a quadricyle with a fringe on top in Toronto [Harbor Islands]
Rob Ford died in 2016, at the age of 46.
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Old 02-13-18, 11:27 AM
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I am glad that the current political sentiments seem to be swinging in favour of the bicycle. A recent bike lane pilot project on a major arterial road through the downtown area was made permanent.

There were, of course, lots of mixed reactions from motorists and city councilors, mostly notably this guy. But the overall reaction was positive. But who knows. A future Ford-like mayor could end up erasing them, literally.
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Old 02-13-18, 11:34 AM
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I'm seeing a lot more E-bikes. People who would normally not be out on a bike are riding E-bikes.
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Old 02-13-18, 12:16 PM
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I live in Salt lake city and it is really taking off here. There are many more people out biking. Road and mountain. its great to see people out riding.
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Old 02-13-18, 02:20 PM
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I would guess ridership here in Twin Falls is raising.
I've seen more people riding during the past year, especially during the cold months.
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Old 02-14-18, 08:39 AM
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My area (metropoliltan area population of about 200k as well) consists of mostly lower/no income utility cyclists who ride because they have to, not because they want to.


And while I'm sure there's at least a small population of cycling enthusiasts, I can't attend local organized group rides because they mandate helmet usage, and I don't own or wear a bicycle helmet (for various reasons I won't get into here).

No offense, but most of this just isn't true.
We have multiple cycling clubs in the Allentown area...not to mention various benefit rides, crit racing, and a velodrome that features pro racing all summer long.
I think you need to get out more.
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Old 02-14-18, 09:33 AM
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Can't really speak to bicycling as "sport," group rides, etc. Here, that tends to be more of a suburban thing because of proximity to rural roads. In terms of cycling as transportation, utility, or commuting, it has increased. C'bus has made a decent investment in infrastructure, bike lanes, bike share programs, large university etc. Also, I would say more folks living downtown who aren't interested in car ownership makes biking around the central city more attractive.
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Old 02-14-18, 09:41 AM
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I think Cycling is killing itself. The focus seems to be on latest tech. Instead of focusing on rider. We spend so much time on thinking and buying equipment. We should be able to buy a $99 bike from Walmart and ride a century. But we're obsessed with equipment.

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Old 02-14-18, 10:07 AM
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No offense, but most of this just isn't true.
We have multiple cycling clubs in the Allentown area...not to mention various benefit rides, crit racing, and a velodrome that features pro racing all summer long.
I think you need to get out more.
I'm just going off what I observe while I'm out cycling.

To be fair, the organized rides thing may well have changed or improved/expanded, since the last time I actively researched it was a decade ago.
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Old 02-16-18, 03:45 PM
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In Chicago I see that people love cars, not bikes .
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Old 02-16-18, 04:36 PM
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Yes cycling is growing in popularity in my area,,,, a new club started out last year husband and wife and a few friends, now last count of the roster 3500 ,they are the Best Bank Social Riders ,,, mostly crouser type bikes they ride every evening except Sunday,,,not all members are out on every ride, average is about 75 ,, then there's the (I'm gonna say it)the elite cyclists , yeah a group of about 50 they ride every Saturday morning around a lake maybe 75 miles and yes they'll drop you as soon as you let them, of course all members try to maintain the twenty plus mph , those who don't,have to train harder and strive to be an Elite,,, running club I belong to sponsor two Duatholons a year one spring the other in the fall we call them a 2-10-2 other clubs sponsor even more,, two companies have come to town and started a rent a bike all over the city rent it here drop it off at another location,, just got a petition to be present to a meeting with city officials and others to discuss the possibility of continuing to asphalt fifty more miles of levee so as to connect two existing sections to have over 100 miles of clean levee of undisturbed riding surface,,, in the city countless bicycles on all streets,,,, and bike bike shops of course have increased as well ,,,, very excited, I wish I didn't have to see a automobile,,,,,
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Old 02-17-18, 07:02 PM
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Seems to be increasing in my city as well. Riding in general, at least. I live in a large county in Northern VA (roughly 20-25 mins south of DC)...we only have 2 actual LBS on my side of the county and one has been trying to close for over a year. We have an REI though. The other side of the county has many actual LBS, no bigger shops like REI or Performance that I know of. Our county has been building up the paved paths over the years...it's pretty simple to ride from one side to the other, and in between. This seems to be more of the focus than bike lanes. I haven't seen any in my county so far, but there could be. Mainly they are lining the main streets with wide MUPS - Rt-1, Rt-234, Minnieville Rd, Hoadly Rd, PWC Parkway, etc. Large, busy, often high speed & high traffic roads.

We are between 450,000 - 500,000 in population (2nd most populated county in VA). Have a bit over 100 miles of trails, apparently. We also have city to country, beach to mountains, in the county...a little bit of everything.
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Old 02-18-18, 08:17 AM
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Going strong here in Chicago. New guys show up for our road group all the time. There are lots of local crits. The gravel scene has exploded and there are now local events most every weekend from March to November. The Cross Cup grows every year in participation and spectators. Palos and other mountain bike areas are overrun in the summer. You see tons of fatbikers in the winter.

It's ironic as this is likely one of the worst places in the country to ride a bike: tons of traffic, no hills, terrible winters, very little mountain biking, some of the most boring roads anywhere, endless strip malls, unsympathetic police... and yet they make something out of nothing here.
I'm in the Chicago area. What group do you ride with?
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Interesting conversation. I found myself getting back to cycling after 7 years away, and when I went looking for all my old shops, stops and rides, they had mostly disappeared. I almost always ask in each shop how things are, and where they can still make it, and almost all have the same answer around here.
Much less road cycling, esp w bikes over $800.00. Mtb has been level and they are filling revenue with cross, gravel, bmx and fat tire sales.
I don’t see as many riders on the roads and I live in a great area of the state for road riding. I’m going to venture into cyclocross and see how that scene is here, but overall my, very non scientific guess, is that cycling is declining at the rate golf is here, noticeably but not alarmingly. Both sports lost a driving force behind their explosion about the same time, and both have suffered to keep their share of peoples time and money since.
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Old 02-18-18, 02:01 PM
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I may have seen two other serious cyclists out here in rural Hondo (west of San Antonio) but I’m on rural gravel back roads. Kerrville which is around 50 miles north of here has a big cycling community for a small town of about 20,000 people. I ride solo to get away from people and civilization in general. Over the last decade more people are finding out bicycling is a great way to stay in shape, especially older people. So in this general area I would say cycling is becoming more popular.
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Old 02-19-18, 10:58 AM
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I'm in the Chicago area. What group do you ride with?
Several in DuPage county.
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Rode to downtown DC last week, amazing increase in dockless bike-share bikes. Past few years saw big popularity of the docked Capital BikeShare bikes, tourists love them. In the suburbs there's more bikers than ever but mostly fitness riders. Whenever I ride to grocery store or shopping mall I'm almost always the only biker.
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