Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pedaling revolution: A review

"Pedaling revolution: how are cyclists changing American cities," written by Jeff Mapes, was read and checked for well over a year, but it is still a read and a mention is more than eighteen months after its publication. This book is the finest Wonkiness. Mapes, their professional credentials mainly in political reporting, covers a wide range of bicycle transport - topics, combining his journalism expertise and his personal commuter experience today to construct an insightful and very readable account of the role of bicycles in society.

There is something for every type of bicycle advocate in Mapes book. The topics are predictable: lessons from Amsterdam, the development of bike culture, entry barriers, Portland (the Platinum bicycle friendly city inside the Mapes), and the health and security, to name a few. Fortunately Mapes travelled extensively, thoroughly researched and interviewed many knowledgeable people to bring a fresh and reasonable analysis of these areas of the bicycle advocacy.In each chapter he mixes data effectively with his personal experiences in each Situation.Obwohl it is clear that he opinions and preferences of given problems on it offers a balanced and informative description of each topic it covers.

Here is an excerpt:

How I easily maneuver in addition to cars and trucks moved my own perspective and my physical fitness began to improve. I joked about wearing a sign that says, "me questions as I lost weight, while commuting to work."The political reporter in me - I have one for three decades - started me questions, what inspired to make the city to these improvements? happens the same thing in other cities? Can Americans really out of their cars in large numbers, at least for short trips be seduced?

My search for answers took me across the country as it supports American bike in the Netherlands the Mecca.As I discuss in later chapters, there are no American Amsterdam... noch.Aber I found that cyclists have become part of a much larger movement to reduce the predominant role of the car in American cities. Provide fewer parking lots and more public places. Think of urban neighborhoods that have the walk-in ambience of the old European cities, not wide streets and strip malls.Or maybe just the way of the road is secure once again to play enough for children.

Each section focuses on a specific goal, and each chapter could be read independently from the rest and still relevant and understandable."Pedaling revolution" as a whole an excellent representation provides how all these issues at the same time work however."In fact each lawyer or interest group gravitiert towards one or two big issues and that is not necessarily a bad Sache.Ob support your cause for increased funding for bicycle infrastructure or securing dollars for safe routes to school programs more fights, a concentrated effort is generally more effective than dabbling in a bit of allem.Aber all these problems are verbunden.Erstellen inextricably a culture and a community supporting alternative methods of transport, requires an understanding of the infrastructure, education (for adults and children), health and Politik.Mapes offers an absorbing takes into account all these facets at work from the saddle of a truly dedicated bicycle advocate.""Pedaling revolution" is essential reading for anyone that is interested in and for each of the development of the Community transport initiatives is involved in any single area of advocacy or simply loves to ride a bike.

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