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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594514631

ISBN-13: 9781594514630

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

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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:
9781594514630
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1 Contrasting Visions: The Bike Saddle versus the Car Seat and Why It Matters Politically Chapter 2 Biking in Amsterdam: The Politics of the Possible Chapter 3 Culture Storm Individualism and Materialism The American Experience American Dreamers The Gathering Culture Storm Tarnished Dreams Chapter 4 Biking Eccentrics: Who Are These Folks, Anyway? Randy Neufeld: The Pioneer Alex Wilson: The Saint Gin Kilgore and Michael Burton: Love Me, Love My Bike Jane Healy: Biker Mama Chapter 5 Building the Case: The Politics Advocates National Organizations Local Organizations Chapter 6 Pushing the Envelope: Populist Politics Critical Mass Shift (to Bikes) Chitown Cruisers The Rat Patrol Bike Clubs Chapter 7 Politicians Who Matter James Oberstar Earl Blumenauer Anne Paulsen Jerry Abramson Chapter 8 Metapolitics, Minibikes A Global Warming Primer Can We Respond? Not If... The Kyoto Protocol and Self-Interest Pedaling into a Future Chapter 9 Pedaling into the Future

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