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Bikes Mean Business

“Biking has become the mode of choice for the educated high tech worker.  — Mitchell Moss, Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU Wagner

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In a 2011 Gallup poll, the “computer” industry was named the most favorable in America (the oil industry and the federal government were the least favorable).  Basically, these days when it comes to the economy, people look to the Apples, Googles, and Facebooks of the world.

Well, according to a segment on “Marketplace” yesterday, if we wanted to attract one of those types of companies to Norwalk, we wouldn’t do it with copious, shiny new parking spaces.

We’d do it with bicycle amenities.

From the transcript:

“That’s pretty much the way it is in the tech sector these days. Companies are in a race to outdo each other on bike friendliness. Google not only gives employees racks and lockers, the company will donate to charity if employees ride to work. Etsy’s got an in-house bike mechanic. In New York, Foursquare just chose a new location for it’s headquarters, based on where biking would be easy.”

Link to the full story here.