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Pedal Power

The Quiet Rise Of The Bicycle In American Public Life

By J. Harry Wray

In an era of steep gas prices, snarled traffic, catastrophic climate change, and a yearning for a higher quality of life, interest in bike-friendly public policies is surging nationwide. A surprising array of political organizations, visionary politicians, and colorful individuals powers this movement and a growing number of bike enthusiasts are taking to the streets. From the night rides of Critical Mass to the dumpster-diving Rat Patrol, this book shows the eccentric side of the bicycling universe even as it illustrates the mainstream efforts of politicians like U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar and plain folks like Biker Mama Jane Healy. Dedicated to the idea that biking is an ongoing act of nondestructive living, Pedal Power shows why the dominance of the automobile is yesterday s idea and edges us closer to a more democratic, multimodal transportation system so essential in the age of global warming. The bike, regarded as irrelevant to the 20th century, is making a comeback in the 21st. Pedal Power takes us there and suggests that the most compelling thing about riding is that it changes the way people experience the world and, therefore, the way they think.

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Format: Book
Author: Wray, J. Harry
Title: Pedal power : the quiet rise of the bicycle in American public life / J. Harry Wray.
Publisher Date: Boulder, Colo. : Paradigm Publishers, c2008.
Subject: Cycling -- Political aspects -- United States. Urban transportation policy -- United States Bicycle commuting -- United States. United States -- Social life and customs
Isbn: 9781594514623 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1594514623 (hardcover : alk. paper) 9781594514630 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1594514631 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Wray, J. Harry
Title: Pedal power : the quiet rise of the bicycle in American public life / J. Harry Wray.
Publisher, Date: Boulder, Colo. : Paradigm Publishers, c2008.
Description: v, 236 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Cycling -- Political aspects -- United States.
Subjects: Urban transportation policy -- United States
Subjects: Bicycle commuting -- United States.
Subjects: United States -- Social life and customs
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-227) and index.
Contents: Contrasting visions : the bike saddle versus the car seat and why it matters politically -- Biking in Amsterdam : the politics of the possible -- Culture storm -- Biking eccentrics : who are these folks, anyway? -- Building the case : the political advocates -- Pushing the envelope : populist politics -- Politicians who matter -- Metapolitics, minibikes -- Conclusion : there's something about a bike.
LCCN: 2007048005
ISBN: 9781594514623 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1594514623 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9781594514630 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1594514631 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 388.3472 Wra