MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Bicycle riding has increased 2.9 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association director of research and information services Dan Kasen.
“I think the [stronger] economy had something to do with it,” Kasen said of the modest gain.
In 2009, Kasen said bicycle riding was actually down 1.5 percent from the previous year.
Bicycle riding, however, is one of only 12 sports to show a positive trend over a five-year-span—up 11.8 percent during that time period.
The largest increase in 2010 was for yoga, which gained 28.1 percent participants, followed by aerobic exercising, tennis, hiking and running/jogging.