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Of course biking is getting safer per mile... The proportion of male cyclists is increasing.

removing "cycling" as a children's activity and promoting it as an adult beverage would actually be a positive for the bike-as-transport movement.

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As 48% of trips in American cities are shorter than three miles, there is big potential for further growth. Yet while the future looks bright, America will struggle to catch up with northern Europe, where the proportion of local trips done by bike can be as high as 30%.

One reason for this is that car ownership remains far cheaper in America. Another is the absence of restrictions on car use, which would greatly improve cycle safety. Europeans are far keener on traffic-calming measures, car-free zones, fewer parking spaces and road “diets”—where cars are allocated a narrower piece of road. America may be flirting with the bicycle, but it has by no means ended its long love affair with the car.

Exactly. Here in America we are still pushing hard just to get some accommodation on the margins of roadways. A real growth in cycling use won't occur in the cities until we can get a reapportionment of the road space away from cars.

Perhaps the increased complaints about cyclist attitudes may have something to do with more men riding. Whatever, I am glad to see more people riding.
Also, when you see more middle class white men doing something it is, almost by definition, a sign of something become "mainstream". Harder for politicians, media and business to ignore it.

Well I intent to keep biking even if it does become mainstream.

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