Despite being the second-most popular outdoor activity in the U.S., bicycling isn't seen as a legit mode of transportation in a lot of parts of the country. That's probably because a lot of places aren't yet built for it. But that's starting to change, and it's turning out to be a pretty great investment — and not just in our health.
There's no arguing that having a bike-friendly community is a great idea no matter where you live. If this is a conversation you'd like to start with your mayor and city council, check out The League of American Bicyclists' toolkit.
FACT CHECK TIME!
The statistic about the number of cars sold is faulty. For 2013, CNN Money reports more than 15 million cars were sold (see also International Business Times), up only 7.6% for the year previous, but the figure basically hovered somewhere around there for the past few years, per Edmonds.
And the 14.9 million figure for bike sales doesn't quite match what the National Bicycle Dealers Association has for 2010. There appear to be either more or about the same bikes sold per year as to cars, but definitely not 3 times more.