Fuel prices dip in California – Gas vs. Bike

That ish is spensive

Gas prices in SF in April 2012 – image courtesy of calitexican.

As the prices of gas rise and fall in California like my head nodding off during weekly office meetings, we can’t help but wonder if more people will choose the bike over fueling up at the pump this Autumn.  We talked about the spike in gas prices in 2008 and increased ridership from earlier this Spring… and we can’t forget the massive spike in gas in California in the middle of October!  I happened to be in L.A. for my cousin’s wedding at this height of it all, and even my family (notorious for driving three blocks to each other’s houses) opted to carpool to the wedding events to save some cash.  Holy isht, it blew my MIND!  This article from the San Francisco Chronicle website from Oct. 14, 2012 said the gas spike made bike commuting more attractive for Los Angelonians:

The car-centric City of Angels is in the midst of building almost 1,600 miles of bike infrastructure over the next five years — so far, it has completed more than 83 miles of lanes and paths linking key areas — and its largely underutilized subway has seen a slow increase in ridership that only grows when gasoline prices soar.

Los Angeles County’s Metrolink, which features open train cars for bike riders and connects the county’s far-flung cities, has seen record ridership over the past week, said Sherita Coffelt, the system’s spokeswoman.

“Historically there have been spikes whenever gas prices rise, but with the past gas spike, we sustained our ridership; that was breaking the cycle,” Coffelt said regarding an earlier spike in 2012.

My Cycle Ladies and Gents in L.A. tell me the same, bike commuting is more than just a passing fad.  But, the the gas prices in California finally dropped below $4/gallon for the first time in a LONG time this week, according to this article by the L.A. Times.  Let’s hope the Bike wins outas the Gas vs. Bike battle continues…

Mission Bicycle California Cap


  1. Danny November 8, 2012 2:44 pm 

    On a related note… here in NYC there is no gas, and no subways, so bicycle ridershipyness has spiked to insane levels. Actually the subways are coming back slowly, but still long lines of people at the pumps, when they do have gas. So even tho it’s minus five hundred degrees outside, there are still crazy amounts of newbies taking to the streets on two wheelers. Good thing? Bad thing? Just a thing? Let’s see how long this lasts.

  2. Pelle November 9, 2012 6:36 am 

    In Europe we have to pay to or three times as mych money for gas, and people still don´t bike to work in most countries.

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