Shortly after the water subsided and relief efforts began, cyclists were out and about. With public transit in disarray, motorists thrown into chaos by non-functional traffic lights, and garbage-clearing equipment blocking the streets, there was simply no better way to get around. Even now, more than a month after the storm, bicycle-riding relief groups continue to help those in need:
Riding a biking boom after Sandy, advocates like Arthur want to spread their passion for getting around on two wheels and show that people-powered transport is no passing fad. They’re hoping more people will make cycling part of their daily lives – cutting dependence on fossil fuels that many scientists say will likely intensify future storms. The advocates also want officials to incorporate bikes into disaster-response planning.