Bicycles growing in popularity, says Old Town bike shop owner

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A biker takes a break from riding to admire the Grand River. Photo by Zachary Swiecicki

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

While traveling along Grand River Avenue in Old Town Lansing, you can see CATA buses, cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, or pedestrians walking around.

Chad Cottom, owner of SPIN Bicycle Shop, has seen the change in transportation in the eight years his store has been open.  Cottom is passionate about bikes and is committed to providing his bikes to the residents of Old Town.

“I would say cycling has become a little more popular,” Cottom said.  “I would hope to say that we’ve helped a little bit to adding to that by having a bicycle shop in Old Town.”

While some car companies try to advance and produce electric vehicles, some consumers prefer the simple, yet also economical ride of the bicycle.

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Cars stopped at the intersection of Turner Street and East Grand River Avenue.  Photo by Zachary Swiecicki

Cottom commented on the age range of the people that come to his shop.

“I’d say anything from the middle 20-somethings all the way up to boomers and even a little older,” Cottom said.  “It’s interesting … the younger people seem to be riding bikes out of a more environmentally-conscious way.  A lot of the baby boomers are people who are starting to retire, they have a lot of free time and they’ve found cycling is a really fun way to exercise.”

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Infographic provided by The League of American Bicyclists.

According to the National Household Travel Survey, the number bicycle rides increased from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009 in the United States.

Bicyclists and bike shop owners like Cottom hope to see the number of bicycle riders continue to grow as the years go by.

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