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Pedaling Revolution

How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities

By Jeff Mapes

In a world of growing traffic congestion, expensive oil, and threats of cataclysmic climate change, a grassroots movement is carving out a niche for bicycles on the streets of urban cityscapes. In Pedaling Revolution, Jeff Mapes explores the growing urban bike culture that is changing the look and feel of cities across the U.S. He rides with bike 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. Mapes, a seasoned political journalist and long-time bike commuter, explores the growth of bicycle advocacy while covering such issues as the environmental, safety, and health aspects of bicycling for short urban trips. His rich cast of characters includes Noah Budnick, a young bicycle advocate in New York who almost died in a crash near the Brooklyn Bridge, and Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN), who took to bicycling in his fifties and helped unleash a new flood of federal money for bikeways. Chapters set in Chicago and Portland show how bicycling has became a political act, with seemingly dozens of subcultures, and how cyclists, with the encouragement of local officials, are seizing streets back from motorists. Pedaling Revolution is essential reading for the approximately one million people who regularly ride their bike to work or on errands, for anyone engaged in transportation, urban planning, sustainability, and public health—and for drivers trying to understand why they’re seeing so many cyclists. All will be interested in how urban bike activists are creating the future of how we travel and live in twenty-first-century cities.




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Format: Book
Author: Mapes, Jeff
Title: Pedaling revolution : how cyclists are changing American cities / by Jeff Mapes.
Publisher Date: Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, 2009.
Subject: Cycling -- United States Cycling -- United States -- Safety measures. City and town life -- United States Urban transportation -- United States Urbanization -- United States Cycling -- Europe Cycling -- Europe -- Safety measures. Urban transportation -- Europe. Urbanization -- Europe
Isbn: 9780870714191 (pbk. : alk. paper) 0870714198 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 796.6 Map
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Format: Book
Author: Mapes, Jeff
Title: Pedaling revolution : how cyclists are changing American cities / by Jeff Mapes.
Publisher, Date: Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, 2009.
Description: 288 p. : ill ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Cycling -- United States
Subjects: Cycling -- United States -- Safety measures.
Subjects: City and town life -- United States
Subjects: Urban transportation -- United States
Subjects: Urbanization -- United States
Subjects: Cycling -- Europe
Subjects: Cycling -- Europe -- Safety measures.
Subjects: Urban transportation -- Europe.
Subjects: Urbanization -- Europe
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-282) and index.
Contents: How cyclists created a political movement -- Learning from Amsterdam -- Creating the new urban bike culture -- Davis : invention of an American bike city -- Portland built it, and they came -- Biking in the Big Apple -- Overcoming the safety barriers -- Health and the bicycle -- Bringing kids back to bikes -- Epilogue.
LCCN: 2008042772
ISBN: 9780870714191 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0870714198 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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