The author's coverage of bicycle friendly cities in the United States were limited to those cities which are already renowned for cycling and have an established bicycle infrastructure. Everybody in the cycling world knows that Portland Oregon and Marin County California are some of the USA's cycling Meccas. It would have been more inspirational to mention up and coming cycling cities such as Austin, New York City, Phoenix and even Dallas. This is where progress is currently being made to get more people into cycling. The Northwest states are a bad example because the cost of living is off the roof for people living in other parts of the country. Of course Portland can afford a 100 million dollar bicycle initiative! The cheapest house in Portland goes for $700,000!
I will conclude with the words of seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong by saying "It's not about the bike". There is alot to say for the rider in that equation. Robert Penn is a great rider regardless of whether he rode around the world on a Trek or on a Huffy. In my personal opinion there is too much credit given to the bicycle he rides rather than to his own willpower. In addition, his point of view comes from someone who is privileged with a slight undertone of entitlement thrown in. He seems like the kind of guy I would call up on the weekend for a Sunday ride around the countryside. Nice guy, but I would probably leave him alone if I wanted to ride into downtown. Real commuters on their Wal-Mart bikes with grocery baskets might scare the poor fellow.