#bikeschool: Cycling as a World Financial Booster

13
Mar
2012

If everyone rode bikes, would the World be free from economic issues?  I’m no financial expert, but I sure would love to give it a try and see what happens.

With all the great work Stevie does over here with the weekly #bikeschool posts, we’re giving him the day off so that I can post about some #bikeschool related thoughts that have been consuming my mind.

Back on January 26th, @steviedexter was wearing the #bikeschool professor hat and, as always, was laying down some fantastic questions for the class to respond to.  There was one question in particular that has stayed with me ever since he asked it:

It’s a pretty deep question and there were some fantastic responses from the classmates attending.  Some tweets were humorous, others were philosophical, and mine was just based on the first thing that popped into my head.  Here’s how I responded that night:

Yeah, kind of a bold statement, and obviously coming full-out from a passionate cyclist’s perspective. Who am I kidding?  I don’t even know what requirements it would take to boost the World economies….and where did that comment about violence come from?  That wasn’t even part of the question.  But hey, what can you do when you’re an enthusiastic cyclist taking part in #bikeschool?

Now I could get into extreme detail….pulling out statistics, historical events, and other information showing what could happen if we all rode bikes.  But there is a whole bunch of great information already floating around out there, and all it takes is a quick look at the websites of Bikes Belong, League of American BicyclistsPeople for Bikes, and many others….to see what they have to say about the economic impact of bicycles. This little graphic on the right is another cool look at bicycles and the economy.  The image is a little small, but you can view a larger version in this report put out by The British Cycling Economy.

So my simple, un-explained, and un-backed up answer is….YES.  Bikes most definitely would be a World Financial Booster.

But what about you?  I’m pretty sure y’all are far more educated on world economies and politics than I am, so what do you think about this question?  Am I right, if everyone rode bikes would it greatly benefit the world and boost our economies?  Come on, give me your help and prove me right.

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15 Responses to “ #bikeschool: Cycling as a World Financial Booster ”

  1. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  2. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  3. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  4. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  5. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  6. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  7. Nate Schrader on March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE THIS. Also, I found this little guy to go along with your article. I think everyone will like it!

    http://www.healthcaremanagementdegree.com/biking-and-health/ 

  8. Eric Hutchins on March 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Its an interesting concept. When I think about the implications my brain spins around it a bit, I can see arguments on both sides. I also think the long term view and the short term view are probably different. BUT, I think that in general in the long run we would all be a lot better of. I think we have to try to keep chipping away at making it safer and more accessible for biking as the primary form of transportation every chance we get.

  9. Eric Hutchins on March 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Its an interesting concept. When I think about the implications my brain spins around it a bit, I can see arguments on both sides. I also think the long term view and the short term view are probably different. BUT, I think that in general in the long run we would all be a lot better of. I think we have to try to keep chipping away at making it safer and more accessible for biking as the primary form of transportation every chance we get.

  10. Eric Hutchins on March 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Its an interesting concept. When I think about the implications my brain spins around it a bit, I can see arguments on both sides. I also think the long term view and the short term view are probably different. BUT, I think that in general in the long run we would all be a lot better of. I think we have to try to keep chipping away at making it safer and more accessible for biking as the primary form of transportation every chance we get.

  11. Eric Hutchins on March 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Its an interesting concept. When I think about the implications my brain spins around it a bit, I can see arguments on both sides. I also think the long term view and the short term view are probably different. BUT, I think that in general in the long run we would all be a lot better of. I think we have to try to keep chipping away at making it safer and more accessible for biking as the primary form of transportation every chance we get.

  12. Eric Hutchins on March 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Its an interesting concept. When I think about the implications my brain spins around it a bit, I can see arguments on both sides. I also think the long term view and the short term view are probably different. BUT, I think that in general in the long run we would all be a lot better of. I think we have to try to keep chipping away at making it safer and more accessible for biking as the primary form of transportation every chance we get.

  13. TT on March 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I’m not sure if it can save our World economy, but I’m going to continue cycling and commuting no matter what.  I hope it helps.

  14. James Verbeek on March 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    That graphic you included is brilliant.  That alone shows that bikes help aid the world financial economy.

  15. Gabriel on March 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Don’t even get me started.  If everyone rode bikes our world financial situation would be so much better, we’d all be much healthier, and I believe our level of happiness would increase as well.

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