"John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most US authorities put cyclists into an inferior status, and therefore into a dilemma, and conveys to them the attitude and the rules with which they can be appreciated and responsible road users. This book should be read by all cyclists, and especially by all 'authorities.'"--David Gordon Wilson, MIT Mechanical Engineering; author of Bicycling Science
"I have used previous editions of Effective Cycling as my go-to source for some 35 years. It is comprehensive, based on irrefutable logic and scientific data, and easily understandable."--Bill Hoffman, Former Director, League of American Bicyclists
"As a lifelong bicyclist, I didn't realize my eyes were wide shut with respect to bicycling matters until I first read Effective Cycling, fourth edition, in 1988 at age 30. John Forester's seminal, expansive, and tireless work in educating bicyclists and protecting the rights of bicyclists as drivers of vehicles has been incalculably valuable to me and countless thousands of others who pedal for fun and utility."--Wayne Pein, Bicycling Matters--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
All these cars will just have to bite the bullet and slow down.
The book goes on to teach proper riding techniques and traffic lane positioning skills, which, if adopted, will truly transform the way one rides a bicycle.
Most readers will find a great deal to learn reading his books, and probably just as much to criticize as well.
It's a bible. I don't 100% agree with what he says and you probably won't either, but you should read it. In fact, you must read it.Published 9 months ago by tx
For years, I intermittently rode my bike on 23 mile roundtrip paved trails, which was great exercise, but started to seem like such a big deal (needing to use the rack, the shoes,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Runsilent
Wish I had read this years ago, when I first started cycle commuting to work. Anyone with experience cycling naturally begins to adopt the methods described in the book, except its... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chrome boy
Forester's day has come and gone. This book is interesting to read from a historical perspective but has little practical value in the second decade of the 21st century. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by John Alldredge
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... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Louis Mauriello
This review is written narrowly for those who already have either the previous "Big Blue" or "Fat Yellow" MIT editions and are are wondering whether it's worth it to spring for... Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Bruce Epperson
I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about cycling. When I read the almost militant stance on insisting the bicycle be a vehicle and share the road with cars and... Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Woodie
I've been riding for way longer than I want to admit here, and in the last few years commuting regularly. I've toured across the country, and along the coast in NC. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by G. Powell
After taking the League of American Bicyclists' road riding course and qualifying as a League Cycling Instructor, I finally decided to buy the book that started it all: *Effective... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Condor