How Cycling Can Save the World

How Cycling Can Save the World

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Peter Walker--reporter at the Guardian and curator of its popular bike blog--shows how the future of humanity depends on the bicycle. Car culture has ensnared much of the world--and it's no wonder. Convenience and comfort (as well as some clever lobbying) have made the car the transportation method of choice for generations. But as the world evolves, the high cost of the automobile is made clearer--with its dramatic effects on pollution, the way it cuts people off from their communities, and the alarming rate at which people are injured and killed in crashes. Walker argues that the simplest way to tackle many of these problems at once is with one of humankind's most perfect inventions--the bicycle. In How Cycling Can Save the World, Walker takes readers on a tour of cities like Copenhagen and Utrecht, where everyday cycling has taken root, demonstrating cycling's proven effect on reducing smog and obesity, and improving quality of life and mental health. Interviews with public figures--such as Janette Sadik-Khan, who led the charge to create more pedestrian- and cyclist- friendly infrastructure in New York City--provide case studies on how it can be done, and prove that you can make a big change with just a few cycling lanes and a paradigm shift. Meticulously researched and incredibly inspiring, How Cycling Can Save the World delivers on its lofty promise and leads readers to the realization that cycling could not only save the world, but have a lasting and positive impact on their own lives.
Publisher: New York :, TarcherPerigee,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780143111771
Branch Call Number: 388.3472 WAL 2017
Characteristics: xv, 270 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 25, 2017

This book is great for anyone interested in the history of cycling infrastructure and strategies for getting improvements in your city. It touts a lot of recent successes like NYC and London and also a lot of the false starts like in Sydney.

If the book has a flaw is that it feels like a "preaching to the choir" situation, namely aimed at already eager cycling enthusiasts, willing to brave the difficult cycling conditions of their city. I would hope more transportation officials, politicians, civic planners and normal people who would otherwise ride their bikes around town if only they felt they could do it safely.

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