That’s right. The bike-sharing craze in China is estimated to be at $1-billion (US) and showing no sign of stopping. In today’s Globe and Mail the story Nothing ventured, nothing gained says at least 20 bike-sharing companies have started up to service the almost 20-million people who rented bikes (at $0.20/hour) in the last year.
So what does this mean for Oakville (and the rest of Canada)?
It means cycling isn’t going away. I’ve heard it called the new golf and it’s not just the spandex crowd that’s out there on our roads and trails. We’re talking about teens on trails, families on cycling paths, kids going to school and, of course, the road cyclists.
When you consider some of the cycling clubs in our area have from 500 to 1,000 members and, for example, Petrina Tulissi’s CyclingCentre’s (in photo) winter spinning/cycling training courses are already starting to fill up you know cycling is growing in popularity.
We need to reach out to Mayor Rob Burton and council and let them know cycling is not only here to stay but we need better and safer cycling routes, roadways and trails.
LivableOakvilleCycling is a grass-roots group of volunteers organizing area cyclists to work with the Mayor and council for more and safer cycling in Oakville.
Check them out. Join up. And get on your bike!