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The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City Paperback – Mar 1 2015

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (March 1 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770412182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770412187
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This modern guide is filled with great advice that will help people become more confident and educated bike riders. For all libraries." ― Library Journal

"The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is a great primer for riding in the city. Even riders who are comfortable navigating traffic could learn something from a writer who’s thought about the nuances of city cycling." ― Canadian Cycling Magazine

"Urban cycling is not an overwhelming, insurmountable task or a niche interest for elite cyclists. It is a doable and even enjoyable pursuit! Bambrick's passion and enthusiasm made me confident I could be a better cyclist, and The Urban Cycling Survival Guide showed me how." ― Rabble.ca

“Naturally, new, and potential cyclists will get the most from this book, and it starts right from the beginning by focusing on how to pick out the right ride. But there’s enough here to appeal to seasoned cyclists, too, so whether you’re a Lycra-clad commuter or a weekend warrior, you’ll probably walk away wiser than before, particularly due to the book’s breadth.” ― Village Living Magazine

“With commuting costs climbing and environmental damage from car emissions increasing, cycling is becoming a more attractive form of urban transportation every day. In her charming book, renowned cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick provides accessible and inspiring information on how we can get out of our cars and onto our bikes safely, thereby improving not only our communities but our own lives too.” ― Dr. Faisal Moola, Ph.D., David Suzuki Foundation

"This excellent guide provides real, practical cycling advice that is clear, easy to follow, and obviously based on experience." ― Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists

"Yvonne Bambrick’s highly readable and informative compact survival guide skillfully illustrated by Marc Ngui speaks effectively to the challenges for cyclists (and drivers and pedestrians) as we get used to sharing the right-of-way." ― Ken Greenberg, urban designer and author of Walking Home

"The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is a comprehensive, yet easy to read book that will enlighten you about all things urban cycling. Yvonne Bambrick is the perfect guide for any beginner cyclist, and by the end of the book you will surely be ready and excited to jump into a life changing adventure of riding a bicycle through your city." ― Mia Kohout, CEO & editor-in-chief of Momentum Mag

"The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is packed with useful tips and tricks, particularly for those new to urban cycling." ― Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet

"Yvonne Bambrick has written the definitive book for the urban cyclist. Whether you're in Austin, Texas, or Calgary, Alberta, she’s managed to cover the essentials for transportation cycling for the beginner as well as the veteran. Easy to read, well organized ― it’s my new favorite book on cycling." ― Robin Stallings, executive director of Bike Texas

"This book is like the act of riding a bike itself: easy, efficient, and fun. Essential reading for anyone contemplating cycling in a city ― and for anyone already doing it." ― David Miller, Toronto mayor (2003–2010) and avid environmentalist

“From wearing a skirt or dress shoes to picking a bike to riding safely in traffic, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide breaks the basics of cycling down into manageable and understandable chunks helpful to novices and experienced cyclists. This is cycling for the every-person.” ― Gabe Klein, former commissioner of Chicago and Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation and member of the NACTO Strategic Advisory Board

“Yvonne Bambrick has written a book that will be loved ― and well used ― by cyclists of all ages. Her perspective gained as a result of her years as a cycling advocate offers rich context for this terrific book. The Urban Cycling Survival Guide will help cyclists not just survive, but thrive!” ― Eleanor McMahon, MPP (Burlington), former CEO and Founder of Share the Road Cycling Coalition

About the Author

Yvonne Bambrick was the founding Executive Director of the Toronto Cyclists Union (now Cycle Toronto), and is currently working as an independent Urban Cycling Consultant, as an event photographer, and as Coordinator of the Forest Hill Village Business Improvement Area. Marc Ngui is a Toronto based professional creator. He studied architecture at the University of Waterloo and has pursued his passion for drawing and visualization across a wide variety of activities including illustration, comics, storyboards, animation, production design, scenic painting, videography and contemporary art exhibitions. He is one half of the eutopian art duo HappySleepy with partner Magda Wojtyra.

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Format: Paperback
This is the kind of book that you may tell yourself you don't need - until it's too late. With constant collisions and fatalities on Toronto's roads, and infrastructure that prioritizes car traffic, cyclists in this city and so many others in North America must do everything they can to know the ins and outs of urban cycling. Bambrick offers an exhaustive guide that should be read by every city biker, particularly young cyclists just starting out. The book contains not just the rules of the road, but knowledge born of a lifetime of experience as an urban cyclist. I wish I'd had it when I was a young college student just starting to bike in Toronto, rather than having to figure all this out over the years - I could have avoided some dangerous scrapes.
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Format: Paperback
Great tips. A handy book for all newcomers too because the cyclist habits in Canada might not be the same than in Europe (in Italy they are different for example).
Lots of great tips.
Read it in the streetcar and the next day use your bike!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Even though the book is small enough to fit in my handlebar box, it is rich in information. The book explains the many aspects of city cycling where a myriad of options leave you befuddled and you look for practical advice. I am a cycling instructor and know a bit about bikes and cycling in the big city - but must admit that I keep the book handy to refer to questions that are not in the manuals.
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came REALLY FAST ! excellent shipping and book quality. Totally satisfying experience.
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HASH(0xa0ef987c) out of 5 stars He thinks this is a great book for beginning city riders April 23 2016
By Hulagirrrl - Published on Amazon.com
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My son had an accident with a car when we first moved to a larger city and he said he never really thought much about traffic and does and don't. He thinks this is a great book for beginning city riders.
HASH(0xa0e09d50) out of 5 stars Good Health Is In Yours and Your Bicycles Future Aug. 19 2015
By CHANCE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading this, I learned how to better take care of my bicycles life including my own as a 40 yo cyclist, by being smarter, safer and more aware of what to watch for in living in the city with other humans.

Not much lingo to learn or a lot of useless filler, instead just what you need to survive. There are illustrations and photos that go along with the easy to read and informative copy. If you have specific questions about laws in your area or other misunderstandings, there are external internet links in the back listed, as well as other informative sites that include all things bicycles.

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HASH(0xa11571f8) out of 5 stars Better books out there like "Urban Bikers' Tricks & Tips June 26 2015
By Helen D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very basic book, just common sense type of advice you could find from any number of places. Better books out there like "Urban Bikers' Tricks & Tips: Low-Tech & No-Tech Ways to Find, Ride, & Keep a Bicycle" and "Art of Cycling: Staying Safe On Urban Streets" that go beyond the basics you may not agree with everything in these other books but they give you more to ponder than this one..
HASH(0xa0e03a50) out of 5 stars This book is a fun read, I like when cycling and fun go hand in hand. Feb. 25 2015
By Lisa Logan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The guide is handy, fun and with insight that only a dedicated cyclist can impart. All ages and levels of ridership will find this book easy to engage with and live out the rules and advice Yvonne Bambrick is eager to share. She loves cycling, you can tell. Perfect for others who also do and for those who want to!
HASH(0xa10edee8) out of 5 stars Very basic and shallow July 7 2016
By Butch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very very basic. This book is for someone who knows nothing about cycling. I was hoping to find a bicycling equivalent to the book "Proficient Motorcycling". This is not it, but it's good for people who don't know the first thing about biking. Good and concise for those folks to read.