Why Do People Bike Commute?

By James Fallows

By Lizzy Bennett


Yesterday I polled 99 bike commuters -- friends and members of the Timbuk2 community -- to find out why they ride to work. I asked them for three reasons why they ride and pushed their responses to a word cloud. One might expect the cloud to contain words like sweaty, windblown, tired -- but look what pops. This is a happy, healthy group! One even said "euphoric."

word cloud of why we ride

Lizzy Bennett is online marketing manager for Timbuk2 Design in San Francisco.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/02/why-do-people-bike-commute/71109/