Bicycling: easy riding for rocky times

Mon Aug 3, 2009 6:02am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Want to strike a blow against rising transit fares, costly oil, global warming and obesity at one fell swoop?

Ride a bike.

Not since Dorothy's dog-napping nemesis pedaled inside that Kansas cyclone in the "Wizard of Oz" has the humble bicycle been lifted by such a perfect storm.

"There aren't many other fun things you can do to get healthy, protect the environment, and save money on oil and transportation at the same time," said Barbara Ross, of Time's Up, a grassroots environmental group that promotes cycling in New York City.

Ross, a cyclist for 15 years, is delighted these days to see so many New Yorkers pedaling along the new, green-colored bicycle lanes that line major Manhattan avenues.

"With more people on the street, we'll keep the bike revolution going," she said.

Ross is also a regular at Critical Mass group rides.

Leaderless, free and open to all, those events began in San Francisco in the 1990's to encourage urban biking. Now they take place in hundreds of cities worldwide.   Continued...

<p>A cyclist rides along a bicycle lane in Beijing November 19, 2007. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV</p>