I’ve chronicled how the local trains and buses have maxed out on bicycle capacity. I’ve encountered another bicycling infrastructure capacity issue on my commute. The shower lockers are now all in use.
We don’t have assigned lockers at my work — the cyclists and joggers and others who use the showers just hang our sweaty clothes and towels in the small individual lockers for the day. We’re required to remove our belongings when we leave in the evening. It used to be that only two or three lockers were used during the day. Now I see that the dozen lockers in my building’s shower room are fully utilized almost every day.
I’m seeing more bikes around the building, too. People are leaving them in the stairways, the hallway, and in their offices. The outside bike cage is many bikes I haven’t seen in previous months, many of them obviously brand new.
Even people I *never* expected to see on a bike are riding their bikes to work on occasion, and all of them come to me like excited little children bragging about their accomplishment. I say good for you. I should probably get some gold stars to pass out to everybody who does this.
It used to be when I searched for bicycling news article in July, the news was dominated by the Tour de France and headlines like “Bicyclist killed in car crash.” These days I’m seeing more stories like this:
- Parking a bike gets tougher in Seattle.
- With Gas Above $4 A Gallon, More And More People Are Trading In Four Wheels For Two
- Pakistan, High fares encourage bicycle comeback.
- Canada: Gas fuels bicycle interest.
Do you see more cyclists on the road where you live and work?