We're not the only ones inspired by cute bikes and the people we've seen on them (including Kate Beckinsale and Naomi Watts): Bike commuting really is as smart and trendy as it seems. The number of Americans who use a bike as their primary means of commuting is up 14 percent in just one year and a whopping 43 percent since 2000, according to the most recent numbers from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey. With nationwide efforts such as designated bike lanes, increased awareness, and outreach programs to make streets safer for cyclists, bike commuting has skyrocketed. Add to that cool bikes, cute gear, and tons of celebrities being caught in the cycling act and, well, what are you waiting for? Here's everything you need to know to catch the coolest ride around.