Thursday, June 4, 2009

David Byrne reviews "Pedaling Revolution"

Bike Messenger is the title of David Byrne's New York Times book review of Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities by Jeff Mapes. David Byrne, formerly of the Talking Heads, is currently on tour and will roll into Wolf Trap on Saturday. He usually travels with his bike so look out for him on the W&OD Trail this weekend. As he states in his review:
I've ridden a bike around New York as my principal means of transport for 30 years, so I'm inclined to sympathize with the idea that a cycling revolution is upon us, and that it;s a good thing. Like Jeff Mapes, the author of "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities," I've watched the streets fill over the years with more and varied bike riders. It's no longer just me, some food delivery guys and a posse of reckless messengers. Far from it."
He goes on to note that Mapes
"details how cities from Amsterdam to Paris to New York to Davis, Calif., have developed policies encouraging cycling in recent decades, and how other towns are just beginning to make way for bikes. He lays out in an easily digestible way a fair amount of material on trip patterns, traffic safety and air pollution. He quotes the relevant studies and shows how those studies have been either heeded or ignored."
The book sounds like a solid additional to your bike book collection.

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