Friday, March 1, 2013

Book - City Cycling

I've read an informative book - City Cycling.

It's not so much a "how to" book, but rather an "advocacy" book.  It does a good job of detailing the various reasons why bicycles-as-transportation are an attractive option.

It's edited by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler; multiple authors have been enlisted to write specific chapters on their ares of expertise.  All of the editors and authors appear to be "academic" types - they teach topics such as urban planning, infrastructure, transportation, public health, etc.  However, it's not "textbook dry" - they obviously have feelings and enthusiasm for the topics, as well.

Here's a list of the topical chapters:

1. Introduction: Cycling for Sustainable Transport
2. International Overview: Cycling Trends in Western Europe, North America, and Australia
3. Health Benefits of Cycling
4. Effective Speed: Cycling Because it's "Faster"
5. Developments in Bicycle Equipment and Its Role in Promoting Cycling as a Travel Mode
6. Bicycling Infrastructure for Mass Cycling: A Transatlantic Comparison
7. Cycling Safety
8. Integration of Cycling with Public Transportation
9. Bikesharing across the Globe
10. Women and Cycling
11. Children and Cycling
12. Cycling in Small Cities
13. Big City Cycling in Europe, North America, and Australia
14. Cycling in Megacities: London, Paris, New York, and Tokyo
15. Promoting Cycling for Daily Travel: Conclusions and Lessons from across the Globe

Over the next couple days, I'm going to share some info from various chapters that were of particular interest to me, along with some commentary.

(Thanks to my friend Ellen at Boise Public Library, this book will soon be available for checkout by any other local interested party... as soon as I return it, which should be in the next few days.)

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