Commuter Bike Company Linus Bike Says Cycling Enriches People and Cities

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Following an article about how bicycling is not only a good investment for cyclists, but can also benefit a city and even a state, Linus Bike releases a statement.

On March 22, 2013, Linus Bike releases a statement following a DC Streets Blog article by Tanya Snyder that goes over the benefits bike riding can have for both cyclists and a city.

According to the DC Streets Blog article, an active cycling culture is a major boon to any city. Businesses are starting to think about spatial logistics in some cities, and are installing new amenities like bike lanes and bike-share stations. Twelve bikes can fit in one car spot, so for cities that seem cramped, setting up a more bike-friendly infrastructure can maximize efficiency and improve sales for businesses. The article compares the price of constructing a parking garage (at least $15,000) to the cost of building a rack for two bikes, which costs between $150 and $300.

The article reports that merchants in New York saw a 50 percent increase in sales after bike lanes were installed; it is asserted that cities trying to encourage bicycle commuting as opposed to driving a car everywhere could save money if they made cities more bike-friendly.

DC Streets mentions that the state of Oklahoma recently spent a whopping $30 million to widen one mile of Yale Avenue in Tulsa. Darran Flushe, a member of Bike League who attended a panel during the National Bike Summit, was quoted as saying, “With that $30 million, what could they have bought? Six hundred miles of bike lane, 100 miles of sidewalk, 300 miles of buffered bike lanes, 120 miles of bicycle boulevards, 30 miles of first-rate bike trails, 20 miles of really elite physically separated cycle tracks, or 2,000 rapid flashing beacons for pedestrian safety.”

The article goes on to mention that improving urban bike facilities isn’t just good for a city, but can also positively impact property owners. A home near Indianapolis’ Monon trail had an 11 percent higher value than a house a half mile away.

China Reevers, representative of commuter bike manufacturer Linus Bike, believes that if cities support the cycling community, it will create a win-win situation. “It's definitely in the best interest of state and local governments to try to make cities friendly for cyclists. These are valuable citizens that are living healthier and traveling cleaner. It was recently demonstrated that bike riding improves cognitive ability in children. Anything we can do to make it safe and convenient to cycle in cities, including smaller roads, will foster dynamicism in our cities as well as being a great value for businesses.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European-style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.
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