- If you enable cycling (by adding bike lanes, etc.) you can increase business to local businesses - think about it, more people who cycle need more gear (bike, helmet, lights, etc.) and go into bike shops and online to get it
- Cycling helps de-stress a lot of people
- If we have safer places to bike, more people may be inclined to get outside and get active (which is an important thing to me - especially after researching the obesity rates a bit)
- Creating a safer cycling environment helps the masses get out vs. just the hard core roadsters
I asked the panel the tough question of "critical mass - help or hurt?" and there were mixed feelings on this. All in, though, I'm encouraged that people are pushing people and cities to provide a healthier space to get folks outside.