Good story... this country would be a lot better off if it was more like Europe and kids couldn't get a driver licence until they were 18. It would be just like Italy, they would all be on scooters and saving millions of tankers worth of gas!
I don't know if this is the reason that they ran the story, but about a week ago I sent an email to NPR suggesting that they do a story about sales of two-wheeled powered (TWP) vehicles as a result of gas prices. I included a link to the Ride to Work day web site http://www.ridetowork.org/ which has lots of good moto PR information. I think all of us MO FO's must do our part to get TWP vehicles considered a serious alternative to four wheeled vehicles. Otherwise, they will be considered toys and, as such, not considered in future planning by the people who design roads, traffic flows, etc.
I'm curious to see how the market responds to a broader interest in 2 wheels. Folks who come over purely for the gas mileage would probably gravitate toward things like the Suzuki Bergman or a Honda PC800.