Synopses & Reviews
The Whole Earth Catalog
of bicycle culture.”
— Stephen Bilenky
Much like the mythological hero who has forgotten his gift, we are a generation that is remembering that we know how to ride bicycles. This book is a treasure-filled map for those who are hearing the call to take up their bike and ride again.”
— Ross Evans, founder/inventor of Xtracycle and Worldbike
Amy Walker has that canny ability to thread the needle of safety, practicality, and looking mightily good on a bike. This book gives you some bright and clever new tools to experience the exceptional convenience a bike can bring, not to mention that big healthy smile we get riding!”
— Gary Fisher
Once the sole province of European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, bike culture is exploding in North American cities like Portland, Vancouver, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Cycling in New York City alone is up 109 percent since 2006. Whether people are riding folding bikes to the train, or slipping through traffic on tricked-out fixed-gears, or carrying children and groceries on their utility bikes, bicycles are making urban life more dynamic, more enjoyable simply better. People are giving up their cars. Cities are holding car-free street festivals for walking and biking. Dedicated bike lanes and bike parking are taking the streets back from cars. Bikes in general are becoming a bigger part of daily life for a lot of urban dwellers.
Amy Walker has been at the forefront of this trend as copublisher of Momentum Magazine, which chronicles and inspires urban bike culture. In On Bicycles, she collects a wide-ranging group of cycling writers from the managing editor of BikePortland.org to a bike artist/scientist at MITs Media Lab to explore the ways that biking can change, and is changing, peoples lives. From the artsy creations of freak bikes, to utility bikes like the Xtracycle that are becoming the primary mode of transportation and grocery hauling for entire families, On Bicycles will cover the whole range of urban bike culture. With accompanying illustrations by San Francisco graphic artist Matt Fleming, essays will include:
Freak bikes like tall bikes and homemade choppers
City bikes from major manufacturers that feature new designs to make biking to work and the store easy
New forms of bike parking
Separated bicycle lanes and boulevards
Community bike shops
Fixed gear/single speed culture
New ways to light your bike
Designing bike friendly workplaces
Bike friendly coffee shops/cafes
How European cycling culture differs from traditional American sport and recreational cycling
New bike sharing/rental programs in cities like Paris and Montreal
Mobile bike parties
How to choose a bike shop
New forms of intermodal transit that include bikes
Biking with kids and how to do it
Internal geared bike hubs
Future visions of sustainable cities and how they can revolve around bikes
Once the quaint province of European cities like Amsterdam, cycling is becoming increasingly popular in North American cities. People ride folding bikes to the train, slip through traffic on tricked out fixed-gears, and carry children and groceries on their utility bikes. Commuters are giving up their cars M-F, bike lanes and bike parking are being created, and Talking Head David Byrne has designed arty bike racks for various New York City neighborhoods. Its healthy for riders and clean for the environment, but is it fun? Amy Walker, who has been at the forefront of the urban cycling trend, knows the answer is "yes." She collects a diverse group of cycling enthusiasts and activists who, accompanied by the illustrations of bike culture artist Matt Fleming, show readers why. They say you never forget how to ride a bike; this helps us remember why we ride.
Bike culture is exploding in cities like Portland, OR, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal, and Vancouver, BC. Whether people are riding folding bikes to the commuter train, slipping through traffic on streamlined single speeds, or carrying children and groceries on their cargo bikes, bicycles are making urban life more dynamic and enjoyable simply better.
Amy Walker has been at the forefront of this trend as cofounder of Momentum magazine, which chronicles and inspires urban bike culture and transportation cycling. In On Bicycles, she gathers a wide-ranging group of cycling writers to explore the ways that biking can change, and is changing, peoples lives. From utility bikes that are becoming the primary mode of transportation for entire families to the artistic creations of freakbike riders, On Bicycles has something for everyone who has ever ridden a bike.
* cargo bikes * bike parties * a history of bike advocacy
* the bike-craft boom * folding bikes * recumbents * biking with kids
* handmade bikes * car-free streets * relocalizing * bike style
* collective bike shops * women and bikes * and many more
About the Author
Amy Walker is a cofounder of Momentum Magazine
, which focuses on transportation cycling and covers all aspects of urban bike culture throughout North America. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.