The Surprising Promise of Bicycling in America Report

by Jay Walljasper

by Jay Walljasper

Since 2010 veteran journalist Jay Walljasper has chronicled the boom in bicycling and walking in a wide variety of appearances and publications, ranging from Christian Science Monitor to Huffington Post to Mother Earth News

In 2018 up with Melissa Balmer of Pedal Love to write the story of the growth of the modern bike movement over the past twenty years, and how that has brought us to 12 exciting reasons bicycling will continue to grow in the future.

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  1. Increasing Diversity & Social Equity

  2. The Rise of Safe Routes to School

  3. The Increase of Women in Bike Advocacy Leadership

  4. Connected Bikeway Networks

  5. Bikeshare

  6. Rising Awareness that Biking is Healthy

  7. Electric Bikes

  8. Mounting Evidence that Bicycling Fosters Vital Communities

  9. Widening of Influence of Local Grassroots Groups

  10. Growth of Bicycling Helps Curb Climate Change

  11. Dawning Age of Autonomous Vehicles

  12. Emerging Influence of Bike Planning and Advocacy as a Profession

Photo credits report cover:

Megan Ramey of Bikabout and her daughter Annika by Kyle Ramey. Sydney Garrison by Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike. Jonathan Weinert and Claudia Wasko of Bosch eBike Systems Americasby Allan Crawford.



Images From Slidedeck:

The following people and organizations are just a handful of those featured in the report: Monica Garrison and Black Girls Do Bike Pittsburgh, PA; Maria Contreras Tebbutt of the Bike Campaign Woodland, CA; Long Beach CA's first protected bike lanes, the 2nd Thunderhead Retreat Dubois; WY, Bike Portland, Porland OR, Cynthia Rose of Santa Monica Spoke, Santa Monica, CA; Renee Moore of WABA, Washington D.C.;  Maria Boustead of Po Campo, Brooklyn, NY; Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize, Copenhagen, Denmark.


About Jay Walljasper

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Jay Walljasper is a writer, speaker and consultant specializing in how to create stronger, livelier, friendlier communities.  He is Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces and an Urban-Writer-in-Residence at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  His books include America‚Äôs Walking Renaissance; The Great Neighborhood book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking; and the e-book How to Design Our World for Happiness.

A long-time journalist, he was editor of Utne Reader magazine for many years (during which it was nominated three times for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence) and a contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler, focusing on sustainable cities.   Learn more at

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About Melissa Balmer

Melissa Balmer is the former Media Director for the California Bicycle Coalition and Founder/Director of Her mission is to share the power of personally engaging storytelling to inspire more active, sustainable, mindful mobility from diverse perspectives.

As a media relations specialist Melissa has placed Pedal Love and her clients in media such as the Associated Press, Bicycling Magazine, Bloomberg News, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Momentum Magazine, Public Radio International's Living on Earth, the Texas Standard, Reuters, Sierra Club Magazine, and more.

As a writer, marketing and media relations specialist she's worked with City of Long Beach's Bike Long Beach Campaign, the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place conference, Metro Los Angeles, the Vision Zero Network, Tempo Bicycles, the Electric Bike Association and others on visual alluring, emotionally engaging communications and events to elevate the voice of active living.