Art of Cycling: A Guide to Bicycling in 21st-Century America by Robert Hurst, Marla Streb

By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb

Author note: Marla Streb (Foreword)

The bicyclist is lower than assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are indignant. as though that weren't sufficient, the yankee bike owner needs to hold the load of historical past alongside on each ride.

After a short heyday on the flip of the 20th century, American cyclists fell out of the social recognition, changing into an afterthought whilst our towns have been deliberate and equipped. Cyclists this present day are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a troublesome and unsympathetic international that was once now not made for them. but, with the correct perspective and slightly wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this antagonistic environment.

Covering even more than simply using a motorbike in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny aspect, the demanding situations, suggestions, and artwork of using a motorcycle on America's sleek streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling adventure and slides it below the microscope, piece via piece. Its fundamental obstacle is security, yet this booklet is going well past the standard guidance and how-to, diving in to the geographical regions of background, psychology, sociology, and economics.

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A 1998 law provided another $175 billion just for highways. In 2005 Congress approved another massive transportation bill that was primarily about highway construction and maintenance. Even as we acknowledge these extraordinary financial incentives, let’s not be too quick to blame (or credit) the mysterious powers that be in government or their shadowy lobbyists and pressure groups. Popular choice is a critical factor determining the actions of our (somewhat) representative government and the look of our new cities.

When the auto fever was in full burn, during the 1920s, bicycles resurfaced as toys for children, styled to resemble motorcycles and airplanes. From the 1930s through the 1950s, almost every bicycle produced in America had balloon tires and a fake gas tank attached to the top tube. A fake gas tank on every bike! Doesn’t that say it all? American grown-ups shunned bicycles until the 1960s, when the European passion for cycling filtered back to the States as a trendy novelty for the styleconscious.

Congestion is, after all, a symptom that a city is doing a lot of business. Congestion means big numbers, and big numbers are good. In this view, congestion is an unavoidable product of success, so there is little, if any, criticism of citizens’ transportation choices. However, a much more cynical, critical view is competing for supremacy among those with the power to do something about it. This view holds that traffic congestion is, essentially, waste. Lost time, productivity, and profits. Those in this camp point the finger of blame at the automobile, its large footprint, and its unnecessarily singular occupant.

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