Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Cycling surges in Mass., fueled by high gas prices

Drivers, clear a lane. Bicyclists are taking to the road in record numbers in Massachusetts.

In Cambridge, ridership has soared 70 percent in five years. The MBTA is launching a “Bike Coach” to let riders bring their bicycles to beaches this summer, and across the state, bicycle shops are struggling to keep up with demand for the cheapest form of transport - as fuel prices hover near an unprecedented $4 a gallon.

During a recent bike-to-work week, activists hoped to get Massachusetts riders to pledge 50,000 commuter biking miles. Instead they got 125,000 pledged miles. read more here