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What would have to change if everybody rode their bikes to and from work?

Here's a map of my daily commute via bike. It may seem a little crazy, and maybe it is just a coincidence of history, but I've been biking or running to and from work ever since 2002. I started running right after 9/11, slowly increasing my distance until I was able to bike or run quickly enough to get to and/or from work either on foot or by pedal. Today I went my 13.3 miles in 1hour and 8 minutes, a new record for me.

I wonder how NYC would change if everybody biked.

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Comment by Ternura Rojas on April 22, 2010 at 1:18pm
Hi Paul,
Congrats for the record!
if you want a realistic answer I would say that around 2/3rds of all taxi drivers of NY would have to look for another job or move to another town :-) ha, ha.
Do not want to sound negative, I became vegetarian last winter (after many years of flirting with the idea) and often we get in the discussion of "what would happen to the stockbreeder industry if we all become vegetarians".
So, what would happen to the automobile industry if NY state alone decides to bike?
OR what would happen to the mobile phone industry if Europeans decide to keep our terminals for more than 6 months?
My ponit is that climate change requires and demands quick actions and decisions (I personally think it is already late) and mankind have to take those NOW, but we should also foresee the side effects (mainly the economic ones) in order to prevent most of them and be ready to deal with the c**bersome ones in an organized fashion.
Project Manager T :-)
Comment by Massive Attack on April 22, 2010 at 1:34pm
Good work biking, I bike to work but it only takes me 10 minutes, way to walk the walk. Bikers unite! Yes, industrials like mechanics & automobile related would suffer greatly; bike manufacturers & shops would prosper, also many roads could be turned back into natural spaces since bike lanes take up less room

Local eateries near people's workplaces would see Increased business,evil gas stations would be out of luck, everyone would bye healthier & the obesity rate would of course go down much.
Comment by Ternura Rojas on April 22, 2010 at 2:17pm
Great discussion here! Let's start a checklist:
Fisrt change: people would have to find a job near their home (maximum travel distance and time, please?).
Second Change: "car-friendly" shopping centers (malls) and "power centers" which are usually located away from urban centers would have to either deaspear or become accesible by bike, not for us the customers (who will keep driving to IKEA), but for the employees.
Third Change:In UK and Europe many lovely villages in the countryside do not count on a grocery or any other kind of shop, people there commute every day by car from there to work or towns where they buy basic stuff such as bread or the news paper. Their lifestyle would have to change and the wild scenery there will change as many services would have to be built.
Let us try to figure out what could go wrong during the process of such a fundamental energy shift. T
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 22, 2010 at 3:07pm
Great blog and comments from everyone!!!
I think cities like NY have great biking potential. Sure a lot of people do it now and walk too but it could be increased with bike sharing programs like this one in Mexico City http://thecityfix.com/mexico-city-launches-ecobici-bike-sharing-pro...
NY has a great subway network so if outside every subway station you could find a bicycle station that would be great. A combination of mass transit, walking and bicycle could transform our cities!!!
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 22, 2010 at 3:08pm
@ Paul that´s a long commute and great time you are making . . . it´s inspiring!!!
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 9, 2010 at 5:24pm
To answer this question, you can look at those who do ride their bikes to and from work. Find out what makes people feel compelled to bike, and then find ways to give other people those same things.

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