In a world of increasing traffic congestion, a grassroots movement is carving out a niche for bicycles on city streets. Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities explores the growing bike culture that is changing the look and feel of cities, suburbs, and small towns across North America.From traffic-dodging bike messengers to tattooed teenagers on battered bikes, from riders in spandex to well-dressed executives, ordinary citizens are becoming transportation revolutionaries. Jeff Mapes traces the growth of bicycle advocacy and explores the environmental, safety, and health aspects of bicycling. He rides with bicycle advocates who are taming the streets of New York City, joins the street circus that is Critical Mass in San Francisco, and gets inspired by the everyday folk pedaling in Amsterdam, the nirvana of American bike activists. Chapters focused on big cities, college towns, and America’s most successful bike city, Portland, show how cyclists, with the encouragement of local officials, are claiming a share of the valuable streetscape.
This book is a (mostly) interesting guide to why cycling has become more popular in recent years and on what planners can do to facilitate cycling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Lewyn
I really enjoyed this book - it was written in the style of so many other books on a specific subject that the author believes changed mankind for the better, like Salt, Cod, Corn,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Louis Mauriello
lots of overview per city. I wish this has been written after 2013 to include the new bike share systems in DC and NYC.Published 13 months ago by D. Lawson
I enjoyed this book, and will read it again several times. Not what I thought, but an interesting look inside someone else head with far more involvement in cycling than will ever... Read morePublished 15 months ago by MT
This was my first book regarding alternative and multi-modal transportation and how to address it in urban and suburban settings. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by dutridave
"Pedaling Revolution" inspires!
As much as he explores the history of bicycling and where it stands today in the constellation of transportation options, Jeff Mapes... Read more
This book has many features and stories which any cyclist can relate to. These evolutionary times are the ones which had changed the cycling world from the ground up.Published on November 4, 2011 by Dustin Bessette
In 2008 when this book was written it was the cusp of the bicycling revolution. Now 3 years later it's in full force and you can see for yourself the changes that are possible by... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by G. Powell
A really, really good read.
Very well written and comprehensive. A thinking-man's 'Bike Snob'. Read more