Honking in Traffic published an article yesterday about the “unseen” portion of the bike commuter population made up of people who commute by bike not by choice, but out of necessity. Here’s an excerpt:
I’m happy, and exceedingly lucky, to have the choice to ride my bike (er… choice of one of many bikes) for utility or for fun. (I’m even luckier to have a partner to ride a tandem with, who has by and large the same motivation as me, plus can speak Spanish…). There’s probably at least as many bicyclists who ride out of necessity, as out of choice. As our society looks at products to market, services and education to offer, and new transportation plans and policies, I hope that a major demographic of the bicyclist population doesn’t get lost on the side streets.
It’s an excellent article that’s well worth a read.