Will the high price of oil help make 2008 the Year of the Bicycle?


Bicycling’s best year since the start of the auto age? That’s the argument likely to be made this week as hundreds of cyclists from across the nation gather in Washington for the National Bike Summit sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

A crescendo of trends and developments makes the case.

First the trends: Oil costs are surpassing $100 a barrel, global warming alarm calls are mounting, polluting autos and trucks increasingly clog city streets, and health concerns about a sedentary and fattening society are mounting.

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