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
An essential primer on the bicycling advocacy movement.
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