Vehicular gridlock in cities, pollution from internal-combustion engines, and obesity caused by sedentary habits are “out.” Bicycles are “in.” Portland, Oregon is at the top of the list of places where purposeful and recreational bike riding has become an increasingly common lifestyle. In fact, this mecca was dubbed “America’s most bike-friendly city” by Bicycling Magazine, and there is even a website (BikePortland.org) to promote the practice. People on bikes there are accommodated by designated street lanes and parking corrals in front of businesses. Cycling commuters wield a conspicuous presence amid their motored counterparts. The city serves as a prototype for other large metropolitan areas seeking to encourage this mode of transportation and even launch bike-share programs allowing residents to rent bikes (for an hour or a day) from kiosks.
But if you would like your last ride to be away from the roar or drone of mechanized sounds, watch for emergence of the wheeled carriers earmarked by "zero emissions" and propelled by people (hopefully, also functioning in the absence of any untoward emissions!). If you opt for this type of trendy transport, your life companions are apt to garner lasting memories of the trip to your grave.