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Bicycle Transportation, Second Edition: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers Paperback – August 30, 1994


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; second edition edition (August 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262560798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262560795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Forester is a bicycle transportation engineer and the author of Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers (MIT Press). An experienced cyclist, cycling advocate, and onetime racer, he lives in Lemon Grove, California

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fred B Oswald on December 13, 1999
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Bicycle Transportation is Forester's book for transportation professionals. Unfortunately, the author is NOT an effective advocate. His harsh, confrontational style is off-putting to say the least. This is a pity because Forester has much to teach.
The book will be a valuable resource for cycling advocates and for those few professionals who can overlook the shower of insults that accompanies the words of a real expert in the field.
If only the warts were removed ---
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis Mauriello on August 5, 2012
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Forester is an interesting character. He wrote two massive books on this subject and reused a majority of the material in each so if you have read one of them you end up re-reading it all over again when you read the second book (effective cycling). Some of these books deal with and are colored by his personal problems fitting in the industry. Forester believes bicycles should be treated like cars and have the exact same rights (which to some extent they do by law), privileges, and restrictions as cars. He is also antigovernment regulations on safety items (reflectors, lights, etc) and blames the government's requirements for safety items as the root of most non cyclist created accidents. His premises basely that since the government says only reflectors are required (and poor versions besides) then most bicyclists are convinced that they do not need headlights, tailights, or better reflectors, and as such ride without them, ending up in accidents that they wouldn't have had they had better safety items (reflectors, lights, etc).

One of his points about bicycle mobility seems very straightforward - if bicyclists try to get treated differently thn motorists they will, but only for the worse not better. A good example is bike lanes and paths. Where bicyclists fight for bike lanes and paths and get them it is usually at the loss of being able to freely travel on the roadways. Personally I am in complete agreement with him in this area. The problems with bike lanes and paths are many, but my main issue is that they quickly become multipurpose: pedestrian and rider. These multipurpose routes are just plain dangerous. Pedestrians have no concept of right of way or consideration for moving vehicles (bicycles) on these routes.
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Anybody who works in a city planning department dealing with roads should read this book carefully and keep it on the shelf. Safe cycling in a city environment requires a road system that keeps all users in mind, most especially cyclists. Simple examples are storm drain covers that don't become wheel traps for bicycles and wide curb lanes. Painted bike lanes on roads are not a gift to cyclists. That's where gravel accumulates if motor vehicles don't drive there. A big hazard for cyclists is left-side vehicle doors opening. Safe cycling also requires much better education of both cyclists and motorists. The key is that cyclists and motorists need to communicate with one another, not just with standard hand signals, but with eye contact and helpful gestures. Important off-road facilities which promotes bicycle use are secure bicycle parking facilities and workplace lockers and showers. Yes, totally segregated bicycle paths are wonderful, but in reality, cyclists are best served if all urban roads are designed so they serve both muscle-powered and engine-powered forms of transportation simultaneously.
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