Bike to Work
Since the 1890s, known as the heyday of bicycling in the United States, people have bicycled to work. Nevertheless, the creation of sprawling residential "suburbs", necessitated the use of an automobile in daily life. From the 1920s to the present day, bicycle commuting levels have declined significantly as a result of this pattern of growth.
Bicycle Commuting, however, has seen a resurgence in recent times due to a number of factors, such as concern for the environment, an interest in fitness, frugality, and convenience. Bicycle commuting levels to work have doubled between 2001 and 2009 according to National Household Travel Survey data, while walking to work has increased only slightly.
Darren Flusche and Anna Kelso of the American Bicyclist wrote that “according to the U.S. Census Bureau there are more cyclists on their way to work than ever before — during rush hour, rolling bikes into office buildings, and riding with work uniforms and dress clothes folded into shoulder bags and panniers.” The number of bicycle commuters has steadily increased in recent years and employers are realizing that commuters are healthy employees which equates to decreased health insurance costs, lower absenteeism and increased productivity. Many businesses are now offering bicycle commuting employees the Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit. This benefit reimburses employees commuting costs, such as bike equipment and maintenance, up to $240 a year.
With more people thinking about the pollution and environmental degradation resulting from automobile transportations as well as a national push to reverse the obesity trend in the United States, bicycle commuting is becoming more popular. The Ohio River Trail Council supports the development of bicycle transportation infrastructure and safe bicycle commuting.