Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Only Thing Constant Is Change

Living in today's world is like riding an F1 racecar. Everything happens in a blur. So many changes happening in every aspect in life. Take a look at the once mighty Dell Computer, a few years back, they overtook IBM and HP as the world's premier Personal Computer provider. They introduced a number of innovations in the 90's that made them a leader in their field. Pioneering e-commerce, Dell was one of those companies that utilized the internet to sell their products. Other companies from various industries followed the Dell model. But, things turned sour for the PC maker, as other innovations displaced the PC. Stocks fell, earnings diminished. And as things hung in the balance, the owners of Dell wanted to sell the company to it's original owner. Things come full circle as the company prepares to go private again. (Read this coming full circle here)
I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happens to the way people travel. As oil supply tightens, we could witness a return of the bicycle as a primary means of personal transport.
In the late 19th century, the bicycle was king of the road. With more people appreciating the practicality it. However, the internal combustion engine killed the animal and human powered vehicles. Cars and trucks replaced the bicycle and horse-drawn carriage, forever changing the way we move people and goods. A hundred years, two world wars, and hundreds of millions of fossil fuel powered vehicles later, the world is left with pollution, adverse climate change effect, oil supply depletion, and uncertain future.
There is a glimmer of hope. People show signs of renewed interest in cycling. Last 2012 in Italy, bicycle sales surpassed that of motor vehicles for the first time since 1945. The bicycle has come full circle. I hope this is the start of more good things to come for the humble bicycle: my weapon of choice in the fight against Climate Change.

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