Besides carpooling, droves of Downtown commuters started pedaling to work because of the Metro Transit bus strike, which started March 4.
Bicycles were flying off the shelves of the Downtown Target, 900 Nicollet Mall, immediately after the strike; 75 bikes were snatched up in a two-day period, nearly clearing the store's inventory, said Zeke Berg, executive team leader of guest services.
"We are nearly blown out of our entire bike wall," he said. "It's an abnormal spike in sales. We're usually not selling bikes this time of year."