Advocacy organisation Bikes Belong has completed a survey of more than 150 US bicycle retailers to see if their summer 2008 sales reflect an increase in the use of bicycles for transportation.
The majority of retailers who responded said their sales of transportation-related bicycles, accessories, and service have increased in 2008 compared to 2007: 73 percent said they are selling more bikes. 88 percent said they are selling more service.
95 percent of shops said customers cited high gas prices as a reason for their transportation-related purchases. A PDF of the results can be found on the Bikes Belong website.
"Many new customers are dusting off old bikes and bringing them in for repair. There appears to be a surge of interest in riding bicycles for short trips, errands, and commuting," said Bikes Belong.
Bikes Belong Coalition is the US bicycle industry organisation dedicated to "putting more people on bicycles more often." It lobbies to increase federal bike funding, awards grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling and its benefits, and backs crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the National Bike Summit. The affiliated Bikes Belong Foundation focuses on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs.
Using bicycles as transportation is the theme of the Bike to Work Book, a how-to guide available on Amazon.com in November and written by BikeBiz editor Carlton Reid and CommuteByBike.com owner Tim Grahl.