Making statements like “bicycling will save the economy” sounds like pure hyperbole, and our bike columnist Elly Blue nearly nixed the idea as too out-there. Then she started looking at the numbers. And what she found is that bicycling turns out to be a tremendously reasonable salve to many of our current economic woes. The best part is we can do something about it without waiting for government policy and funding to catch up.

In a live Twitter chat, Elly took questions about the ways biking can positively transform communities. A replay of the chat is available below:

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