On December 4 Working Bikes employee Marie Akerman was quoted in a news story released by Illinois PIRG, detailing the recent decline of driving and rise of alternative transportation use in Illinois.
Dev Gowda writes, “A first-of-its-kind report by Illinois PIRG Education Fund shows reduced rates of car commuting in Illinois’ urbanized areas — including Chicago — and greater use of public transit and biking.”
Akerman was quoted as saying, “Working Bikes has definitely noticed and benefitted from an increase in biking in recent years… In 2013 alone, we’ve seen Divvy stations pop up within blocks of our shop and have launched our first bike education programs for youth. This growth is important because bikes change communities. Biking invites people to explore their neighborhood and get to know their neighbors. Biking promotes health by providing a source of exercise, reducing pollution, and necessitating improvements to infrastructure. In other words, Chicago’s biking boom is strengthening our communities and we’re excited to be a part of this change.”
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