High Gas Prices Fuel Interest in Bikes

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  1. Paulpstein

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    Associated Press April 27, 2003 In these days of pricey gasoline, is riding a bicycle a viable
    alternative to driving? It is for some people, according to a survey of 547 people earlier
    this month.

    Half said they are driving less because of higher gas prices, and 47 percent said they're
    considering using a bike instead.

    The survey, which was split between urban and suburban residents, found that 61 percent said they
    had altered their discretionary spending because of gas prices and 27 percent said they had reduced
    the budget for their vacation.

    The survey was conducted for Texas-based Bell Sports, which makes sports accessories.

    Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,
    rewritten, or redistributed.

    /s/ Paul Steinhauer, Des Plaines, Illinois
     
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  2. A. What people say and what they do are (a growing) world apart.

    B. The irony here is the press's constant shrieking coverage of gas prices (10% of driving costs)
    largely to protect their sponsors (auto advertisers) from movements to make driving pay for
    itself via raising gas taxes, etc. in some ways gets a few people out of their cars - for a
    while, until they turn 35 or so and their asses get big.

    If you want to really get people to ride, work for Perestroika in the USSAA (United Socialist States
    of Automotive America). When people have to pay the extra quarter a mile urban solo driving costs
    America, then at least the poorer half living in America's cities will change their habits.

    "Paulpstein" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Associated Press April 27, 2003 In these days of pricey gasoline, is riding a bicycle a viable
    > alternative
    to
    > driving? It is for some people, according to a survey of 547 people
    earlier
    > this month.
    >
    > Half said they are driving less because of higher gas prices, and 47
    percent
    > said they're considering using a bike instead.
    >
    > The survey, which was split between urban and suburban residents, found
    that 61
    > percent said they had altered their discretionary spending because of gas prices and 27 percent
    > said they had reduced the budget for their vacation.
    >
    > The survey was conducted for Texas-based Bell Sports, which makes sports accessories.
    >
    > Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may
    not be
    > published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
    >
    >
    > /s/ Paul Steinhauer, Des Plaines, Illinois
     
  3. Bosaci

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    "Robert Haston" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > A. What people say and what they do are (a growing) world apart.
    >
    > B. The irony here is the press's constant shrieking coverage of gas
    prices
    > (10% of driving costs) largely to protect their sponsors (auto
    advertisers)
    > from movements to make driving pay for itself via raising gas taxes, etc. in some ways gets a few
    > people out of their cars - for a while, until they turn 35 or so and their asses get big.

    By next summer, gas prices will be less than a buck a gallon again.

    Just got my Hummer, nice!
     
  4. My point was, $1 a gallon gas costs you a nickel of that 50 cents a mile.

    The unspeakable $2 a gallon gas raises that to a dime. If you added up all the freebies solo urban,
    peak hour drivers get, their auto costs would double.

    It may be back down again, but I doubt it. Lots of people are saying there is nothing to worry
    about, gas (inflation adjusted) has gotten cheaper and cheaper since the 1800s. The whole truth is
    this steep decline stopped in 1986, despite computer technology making oil extraction much more
    effective. Welcome to the bottom of the curve.

    "bosaci" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "Robert Haston" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > A. What people say and what they do are (a growing) world apart.
    > >
    > > B. The irony here is the press's constant shrieking coverage of gas
    > prices
    > > (10% of driving costs) largely to protect their sponsors (auto
    > advertisers)
    > > from movements to make driving pay for itself via raising gas taxes,
    etc.
    > > in some ways gets a few people out of their cars - for a while, until
    they
    > > turn 35 or so and their asses get big.
    >
    > By next summer, gas prices will be less than a buck a gallon again.
    >
    > Just got my Hummer, nice!
    >
     
  5. Bosaci

    Bosaci Guest

    "Robert Haston" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > My point was, $1 a gallon gas costs you a nickel of that 50 cents a mile.
    >
    > The unspeakable $2 a gallon gas raises that to a dime. If you added up
    all
    > the freebies solo urban, peak hour drivers get, their auto costs would double.
    >
    > It may be back down again, but I doubt it. Lots of people are saying
    there
    > is nothing to worry about, gas (inflation adjusted) has gotten cheaper and cheaper since the
    > 1800s. The whole truth is this steep decline stopped in 1986, despite computer technology making
    > oil extraction much more
    effective.
    > Welcome to the bottom of the curve.

    Yeah but hey, that's why people have jobs and work, to be able to afford to pay for their toys.

    Just think, in a few years you will be dead, so you saved a few cents per gallon on fuel in the
    year 2003!

    Won't make any difference to anyone once you are six feet under and pushing up daises.
     
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