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Cycling Sees An Increase Of Interest

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Cycling is a sport that has seen a surge in popularity in the past few years. In many of the European countries cycling has long been not only a popular physical activity but also has served as a means of transportation. That has not been the case in the United States where until recently cycling has primarily been a sporting activity. Mountain biking has a sizeable fan base and is enjoyed by a wide variety of age groups. Both mountain biking and road biking appeal not only to those who prefer non competitive sports but also to those who thrive on training for and competing in various races. Many roadways and biking paths are filled with riders sporting their colorful cycling jerseys and custom designed cycling shorts.

Lately, the streets are also filled with many more people who are cycling as a means of transportation rather than just as an avenue for exercise and fun. Studies have shown that there is a definite increase in the number of individuals who prefer to hop on their bicycles and ride to work as opposed to spending large sums of money on the gas it would take to get them to their places of employment or to their schools. This trend is true of many cities throughout the country. In Salt Lake City, the Mayor recently announced that there was a 27% increase in the number of individuals who were using their bicycles as a mode of transportation during the past year. Due to the increased interest in cycling more “biker-friendly” areas are being designated which makes it safer and more appealing to cyclists. Since cycling is great not only for personal physical fitness benefits but also as an energy saving means of transportation, hopefully this trend will continue.