Pedal It!: How Bicycles are Changing the World

Pedal It!: How Bicycles are Changing the World

by Michelle Mulder

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Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle, from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets, and shows you why and how bikes can make the world a better place. Not only can bikes be used to power computers and generators, they can also reduce pollution, promote wellness and get a package across a crowded city, fast! Informative but not didactic, Pedal It! encourages young readers to be part of the joy of cycling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459804265
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Series: Orca Footprints Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
File size: 13 MB
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Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michelle is the author of several books for children, and she enjoys telling the stories of kids who seize life's opportunities. When growing up in Port Moody, British Columbia, her favourite spot was the library. These days, when she's not writing or going on adventures, she enjoys reading, swimming, baking, hiking, and pedaling her bicycle around Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and daughter. For more information about Michelle and her books, please visit her website at

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Who Thought This Up, Anyway?

The Walking Machine 8

The Boneshaker 8

The High-Wheeler 10

The "Safety" Bicycle 11

Air in Your Tires 11

On Your Bikes! 12

Bikes for More Kids 14

Chapter 2 How Did We Get Here From There?

Chainwheels, Freewheels, Wheeee! 16

What Took You So Long? 18

Learning to Ride 18

The Bicycle Revolution 20

Zooming Ahead 21

Bicycles Made from Plants 23

The Power of Pedaling 24

Chapter 3 On the Move

Beyond Fun 26

All Part of the Job 30

Make Way for Bicycles 31

Chapter 4 Pedaling for Change

Emergency! 34

Pile It On 35

Kid Power! 36

Where Did All the Pedals Go? 38

An Electrifying Experience 38

Bicimaquinas 40

Life-Saving Pedal Power 41

Pedaling Together 42

Resources 44

Acknowledgments 45

Index 47

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