Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life

Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life

by J. Harry Wray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1594514623

ISBN-13: 9781594514623

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book examines the surging national interest in bike-friendly public policies and argues that this growth is likely to escalate. Currents in U.S. culture that have supported the dominance of the car are edging toward exhaustion. At the same time, other factors including congestion, contentious and unreliable energy resources, rising pollution, and global warming

Overview

This book examines the surging national interest in bike-friendly public policies and argues that this growth is likely to escalate. Currents in U.S. culture that have supported the dominance of the car are edging toward exhaustion. At the same time, other factors including congestion, contentious and unreliable energy resources, rising pollution, and global warming support the expansion of the bike's use. A surprising array of political organizations, visionary politicians, and colorful individuals powers this movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594514623
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Contrasting Visions: The Bike Saddle Versus the Car Seat and Why It Matters Politically     10
Biking in Amsterdam: The Politics of the Possible     30
Culture Storm     53
Biking Eccentrics: Who Are These Folks, Anyway?     80
Building the Case: The Political Advocates     105
Pushing the Envelope: Populist Politics     131
Politicians Who Matter     161
Metapolitics, Minibikes     191
Conclusion: There's Something About a Bike     214
Notes     221
Index     229
About the Author     237

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