23 May '11, 2pm

My latest #bikenomics column is up on @grist. We don't need money to ride bikes, we just need each other.

My latest #bikenomics column is up on @grist. We don't need money to ride bikes, we just need each other.

This is the seventh column in a series focusing on the economics of bicycling. More and more of us have less and less money these days. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you don't need money to do, and bicycling is one of them. When you're broke, a bicycle can help a lot. Financially, for starters. Cars are expensive beasts. If you make less than $70,000 a year, you probably spend almost 20 percent of your household income on transportation . That's more than you spend on food. But bicycling also has lots of other benefits -- the kind that shouldn't have anything to do with money, but that are all too elusive when you have none. Health. Lack of stress. Community. Fun. Joy. Civic participation. Bicycling makes you feel free, and when you feel that way you believe that more is possible. So here's a short guide to bicycling through the new, not-so-great Depression. In tr...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-05-23-bicycling-and-the-...

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