Bike curious? You're not alone. Between 2000 and 2009 there was a 43% increase in bicycle commuting in the US. But in Amsterdam they're doing it more. More than 85% of Amsterdam residents ride their bikes at least once a week.*
Are we missing out? Watch Professor Chris Menton as he travels his morning commute to work in Rhode Island. It looks cold, there's snow on the ground, but he manages to ride his bike to work at least four times a week.
The Department of Transportation has made a real commitment to bicycling as a means of everyday transportation. Through their TIGER grants program, it is spending $1.5 billion on improving "multimodal" transportation, including bicycling infrastructure in major cities. It's a "Field of Dreams" strategy. Build the bike trails, give cyclists a designated area on the roads, give them parking, and they will come.