In the follow up to her ten-part series on grist, bicycle activist and journalist elly blue continues to dissect the economic ramifications of the bicycle. Bicycle transportation is good for a lot of things—it’s healthy, it’s green, it’s quiet, it’s fun, it builds community. It also makes financial sense, and the magnitude of bicycling’s economic impact gets far less attention than it deserves. Elly blue explores the scope of that impact, from personal finance to local economies to city planning to effects on local business to the big picture of the national budget. In the grassroots and on a policy level, the bicycle is emerging as an effective engine of economic recovery.
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