Bicycle madness once recognized US bike auctions outstrip gondolas, and spawned ambitious a blueprint for 100,000 miles of cycle directions. Then the music stopped
The bicycles biggest billow of notoriety in its 154 -year history, spurted Time magazine in 1970 at the start of Americas five-year love affair with the bicycle. Some 64 million fellow travellers are taking regularly to bikes these days, more than ever before, research reports persisted, and more than ever[ they are] remain convinced that two pedals are better than four.
US bicycle auctions, which had been rolling along at 6 million a year, shot up to 9 million in 1971, 14 million in 1972 and 15.3 million the following year, according to a Bank of America report. While most pre-boom bicycles had been sold for children, unexpectedly 60% were destined for adults.
Highly situated politicians a few of whom were cyclists told planners to get on and construct miles and miles of metropolitan bikeways. Both national and local governments have recognised the phenomenal increment of bicycling, reported Time, and the Department of the Interior has plans for nearly 100,000 miles of bicycle footpaths to be constructed in the next 10 years.
In 1973, 252 bicycle-oriented statutes were introduced in 42 nations. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of the same time furnished $120 m for bikeways over three years.
Bikes are back, claimed National Geographic writer Noel Grove in the periodicals May 1973 publication. Glutted roads, environmental pertain, the quest for healthful sport, and the finesse of geared machines have all contributed to a inundate of cycling work, he illustrated, adding that legislators are beginning to think bikeway as well as road. He concluded that with bikeway construction and ecological concern parading hand in hand, Americas bicycling boom could harbinger a whole new period in transportation. What went wrong?