More two-wheelers will be seen on Iowa’s roadways today as this is the start of Bike to Work Week. Mark Strub, with Bike Central in Le Mars, says bicycling has become increasingly popular in recent years in Iowa and nationwide.”There are a couple of foundations and organizations nationally that have been pushing this for several years to try and get people out and about and get them moving,” Strub says. “There is also some fuel savings.”
Strub credits annual events like RAGBRAI for helping stimulate Iowans’ growing interest in riding bicycles. Strub says his sales have been climbing.
“What we see here in the springtime is the fitness-type bicycle or something that’s going to compatible with just cruising around town,” Strub says. “As summer gets closer, we see a lot more of the road bikes being purchased.” A report released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates about half-a-percent of all workers in Iowa use a bike to get to and from work.
(Reporting by Dennis Morrice, KLEM, Le Mars)