I hope you all are having a good Martin Luther King, Jr Day. If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the video interview Tim posted before the weekend, take a couple of minutes and watch it. John Burke’s keynote yesterday at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in San Diego ties into this topic, as he discussed how increased advocacy by the bike industry can help the bike industry. This is proven in Portland, Oregon where, according to the article, the high level of bike advocacy has resulted in an entire industry of bike companies that are attracted to the area’s commitment to bikes as transportation. The state of Wisconsin — home to two of the largest bike companies in the United States as well as a number of smaller manufacturers, distributors and suppliers — employs about 3,400 people in the bike industry with an economic impact of well over $500 million, according to the Wisconsin Governor’s Bicycle Coordinating Council.
Many blog readers are already familiar with Bike Snob NYC. BSNYC is obviously a bike commuter and he frequently comments on the topic in his inimitable humorous style. Here’s some of his commentary: