In a time of climate change and car-worship, bicycle riding has become a political statement and a policy issue, with its own grassroots movement working "to seize at least a part of the street back from motorists." After a dry but brief history of the bicycle and its political significance (Susan B. Anthony said bicycles have "done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world"), Mapes reports from the world capitals of bicycle culture. Mapes explores Amsterdam, marveling at the ease with which cyclists, motorists and pedestrians share the road. In San Francisco and New York City, he finds cycling groups at their most hip and radical, and joins them on a "Critical Mass" protest, in which cyclists take to the streets en masse to block traffic and take over rush hour streets; they've caused siginificant headaches for the NYPD, especially during the 2004 National Republican Convention. Focusing largely on the cyclists themselves, Mapes puts a passionate and pragmatic face to the "new urban bike movement" while connecting the dots between cycling culture and a host of quality of life issues.
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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. See all Editorial Reviews
This was a very insightful and interesting work about bicycling in cities. Written from the perspective of a political journalist, the book covers efforts by city officials and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Voltman
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 12 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 22 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 22 months ago by Derick L.
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 on August 27, 2013 by JR
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