(WTVM) - No longer a "poor man's mode of transportation" is how some locals are describing a growing trend that's taking over streets around the country and right here in Columbus.
Studies show 95 percent of commuters drive cars as their main mode of transportation, especially in the South. However, for the first time in decades more people are choosing to ditch their cars. The trend is catching on across the country, working to open roadways to everyone.
"It's real exciting. It use to be the poor man's transportation but now it's becoming the cool thing to do, " said Jason McKenzie, co-owner of Ride on Bikes in Columbus.
According to census data analyzed by the Bookings Institution, people are ditching their cars and choosing to take other modes of transportation, like using a bicycle.
McKenzie says it's about time locals caught up to the biking trend taking off across the country.
"Every progressive city in the country is doing it," McKenzie adds. "It's about us all getting together and being a community together and working towards a big goal which is, being bicycle friendly and a healthier city."
Julio Portillo is on the frontline's helping to make Columbus streets, what they call, complete. Portillo is the Regional Community and Bicycle-Pedestrian planner at River Valley Regional Commission.