WVAW in Charlottesville, VA reported that 70% of people are driving less, according to the AAA's latest survey. "Almost 12 percent say they're driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle, like a bike." They spoke with Mark Gordon of the Bike Factory who said his business is up 30% for the year. "I've noticed a lot of people are outfitting their bikes more for commuting that what they were really meant for," said Gordon.
I spoke with Buzz Feldman of High Gear Cyclery in Longmont, Colorado. He tells me that he hasn't been able to keep commuter gear -- bags, racks, lights -- in stock at his shop. The other bike shops in town report a large increase in repair business as well as sales, which is very unusual for this time of year.