"One Less Car is a serious update and expansion of the social and political history of bicycling. I would own this book for the notes and bibliography alone."
—Robert Hurst, author of The Cyclist's Manifesto and The Art of Cycling
Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1% of the total U.S. population ride bicycles for transportation—and barely half as many use bikes to commute to work. In his original and exciting book, One Less Car, Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist.
Presenting an underground subculture of bike enthusiasts who aggressively resist car culture, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories between mobility, technology, urban space and everyday life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, alternative media production (e.g., ‘zines), as well as to the development of community programs throughout the world.
One Less Car also positions the bicycle as an object with which to analyze and critique some of the dominant cultural and political formations in the U.S.—and even breaks down barriers of race, class and gender privilege that are interconnected to mobility. For Furness, bicycles not only liberate people from technology, they also support social and environmental justice. So, he asks, Why aren’t more Americans adopting them for their transportation needs?
A quick-read, whereas cycling advocates need more serious works like John Pucher's "City Cycling". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
To understand this competition for the space of the roads I would like to introduce the ideas of Zachary Furness author of the book, "One Less Car", the book is an extended... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by M. Vanveenendaal
In the Acknowledgements, the author explains how this book came to be; as an outgrowth of his doctoral dissertation, I would guess in contemporary culture, media, or some similar... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Benn Pamphleteer
I second the review of the last critic. This book, which aims to be intellectual in its mission, quickly reverts to the ramblings of an ideologue so consumed by one point of view... Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Yasser