• Barry

    I’ve been a cyclist since ’71, A randonneur since ’85, a tourist since ’99 but just started Amtrak/bike adventures a few years ago. I bought an Asama folder which broke, then a Dahon. I’ve taken Amtrak to Montana to do the Going to the Sun loop; To Everett, WA to do the Snoqualamie rail trail; to Ohio to ride from SW to NE corners. To Vancouver, WA to ride to Vancouver BC. Friday I Amtrak to Kelso to do the Pac Coast/Sierra Cascades routes, back via Amtrak. Amtrak and bikes is a nice combination. We just need more bike hooks in baggage cars, like the Cascade.

    June 01, 2011
  • Sean

    I like these rough cut interviews. Keep them coming.

    Seems there are two types of economic benefits mentioned:

    1) new bike/gear sales
    2) organized rides and tourists spending money where they pass through

    #1 is a bit like new technology, in that there are tiers of adoption. Imagine a bicycle utopia with bike lanes, locker rooms in every office building – those things would get more people riding. After a point everyone interested will purchase a bike. There’s likely greater profits in selling chains, tubes and services in the long run for local bike shops.

    In that example, commuters would divert their previous transportation expenses (gas, car tires, etc.) and direct it at cycling. Not sure if there’s a net gain to GNP from Uncle Sam’s perspective.

    #2 This is creating a new market, and is interesting. Call it a new form of tourism. It can divert *where* money is spent, which obviously has local consequences.

    Keep up the great posts.

    June 02, 2011
  • GO! I love reading your blog!

    June 02, 2011
  • Sam

    If you make your way down to the city of San Diego, I’d love to put you both up and offer some sort of financial support in having you create a visual similar to the one above about San Diego.

    Safe Travels!

    June 04, 2011
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