Posted by on October 25, 2013

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars : Parallels : NPR

An NPR story examines an increasing trend: Bike sales are outselling cars in many European countries. Copiosis Economies are modern and advanced economies. They are not likely to see trends such as the ones demonstrated in Europe because future societies identify better and more efficient alternatives to biking everywhere.

Still, it’s refreshing to see trends in Europe supporting the fact that people value car-ownership less than they do in the U.S. The article doesn’t mention it, but I’m sure density is partly a factor supporting the rise in bike sales. In fact, car-ownership seems to be held in equal value between European and high-density cities such as New York. It’s not practical trying to get around by car in such cities.

What’s the difference between a country like the U.S. and countries cited in the article that makes such trends seemingly impossible here in the U.S.? I have some ideas, but I’d rather hear yours.



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