It's never been more apparent on how much we're dependent on gasoline than the example of what is happening in the wake of hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. I cannot understand why people will line up for miles to fill up their gas tanks all the while wasting what little gas they currently have; seems kinda counterproductive to me. In most cases, where this sort of situation is predicted and advance
notice is given, cars should be gassed up and ready to go anyway right? An ounce of prevention...
Now granted, I speak as an outsider looking in, but I'd like to thing that in a case like that, unless I had to get the hell out of dodge, two wheels seems more logical than four in getting around in the aftermath. However, evidence shows that common sense often loses out to human conditioning in these sort of situations; people trying to go about their normal lives when their life at the moment is far from it. Is it really that much of a stretch to think that anyone who has a bike should be able to ride at least a mile or two to get essentials for themselves or for their neighbors incapable of leaving their homes?
I'm not saying that this idea will work for everybody in all cases, but how many of those people who you see on tv waiting hours for an available pump are actually going somewhere. I'm sure there is a fair amount that are just heading back home to wait for the power to turn back on or to go to their local grocery store half mile down the road.