Pedal Power: As Bike Community Grows, So Does 'Dot-Bike' Online

Expect bike racks across the country to be busy during National Bike to Work Week (May 11-15) -- not that they aren't the rest of the year.

Biking to work has jumped more than 60 percent over the past decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and with more than half of the U.S. population living within five miles of their workplace, bicycling is a feasible and eco-friendly way to get to work.

But the streets aren't the only place you're seeing more bikes. It's gaining new popularity in a different space: online.

A growing community of 'dot-bike' (.bike) websites have emerged since the domain option was released in January of 2014. More than 12,000 domains have since been registered. Owners range from bike shops to bike clubs to bike enthusiasts.

This Pinterest page showcases some of the 'dot-bike' entrepreneurs leading the way.

Among the early adopters is Cayla Mackey, the owner of Nashville-based Taco Bike ( -- a "food bike" business with a mission to feed people organic, local cuisine while encouraging them to consider eco-friendly transportation alternatives.

"My passion for the business comes from a more socially-oriented mission," she says. "Nashville is becoming a more bike-friendly city, but we’re still consistently rank as one of the top cities in the country for waiting in traffic. When [people] actually visit the website and see that ‘dot-bike’ [.bike] actually exists, it makes them think more deeply about biking."

Seeing Mackey pedaling the streets also triggers inspiration.

"People see me, a little 120-pound girl pulling a 200-pound bike trailer going up a hill, maybe they say to themselves, 'Wow, it’s not that hard to bike. Maybe I could bike to work a couple of days a week,'” she says.

No doubt Mackey will be participating in Bike to Work Week.

Will you?