In the past year, more bicycles than cars have been sold in the US. That hasn't happened since the 1973 oil crisis! 'Bicycle sales are near an all-time high with 19 million sold last year [worth five to six billion dollars] -- close to the 20 million sold during the oil embargo in the early 1970s,' said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong, an association based in Boulder, Colorado. 'Some 87 million people [in the US] have climbed on a bike in the past 12 months,' he adds. ::Bicycle sales boom in US amid rising gas prices, ::Bikes Belong, thanks to reader fishtoes2000 for the tip.