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

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

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

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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    An inspiring journey, February 10, 2008
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    Terry Lynch (Racine, Wisconsin) –
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    This review is from: Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life (Paperback)
    Pedal Power just took me on a fascinating and uplifting journey into the future. J. Harry Wray shows us that dramatic social change can begin with a simple and enjoyable addition to our everyday lives. Improving the wellbeing of your family, enriching community life, reducing global warming, meeting the ChiTown Cruisers–it’s all here in this remarkable book.
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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    inspiring, August 20, 2008
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    Karen Goodwin (Chico, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life (Paperback)
    This book is a delight to read, not only for the subject of bicycling, but the big picture view of how it integrates into our hope for the future. Anyone who bikes can relate to Wray’s perspective of how cycling engages civility and a potential paradigm shift. From the descriptions of individual, group and government involvement, and the inspiring stories he shared, one could have hope that the bicycle is indeed a viable tool for reshaping our culture. The book is full of examples to be replicated and developed for communities across the US. I’m buying copies for my city council and the traffic engineering department, plus friends and family.
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  3. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    If your worried about global warming, fitness, and the price of gas,, June 17, 2008
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    S. Y. K. (Portland, Oregon, USA) –

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    This review is from: Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life (Paperback)
    Given the current price of gas, “Pedal Power” should be mandatory reading for everyone on Capital Hill.
    “Pedal Power” is a fascinating analysis of society, bicycling and politics. Harry Wray’s enthusiastic introspection of cycling in America will convince any skeptic that a relatively small investment in biking infrastructure can have positive effects in a multitude of current American issues.
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