On Bicycles

Recently I received a notice via Carmen Mills’ mailing list of a talk and signing for the book On Bicycles — 50 Ways The New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life. The book is edited by Amy Walker. I wonder if “edited” does Amy’s role justice, but that’s what it says on the cover.

On Bicycles coverAnything these two ladies are involved in is probably worth supporting, so I thought I would drop by and pick up a copy. Then I read the partial list of contributors on the blog http://onbicycles.com. Names like Bonnie Fenton, David Hay, Lori Kessler, Todd Litman, Ulrike Rodrigues … never mind supporting something Amy pulled together. I had to have this book!

So on October 19 I was at the People’s Co-op Bookstore early to pick up a copy and read some before the event. The space at the back of the store filled up by the 7:30-ish start time and a great couple of hours was spent in the company of bicycle people talking about such things as how cycling affected our lives and how baggage handlers affected our cycling. It does the heart good to be in the company of such people. Boosts one’s hope for the future.

The book exceeded any hopes or expectations I had for it. It measures about 12.5 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm, but on the inside it is HUGE! Anyone, from bike-curious, to newbie to life-long bicycle guru, will learn things from and find inspiration in this book. It is an encyclopedia, a study in human culture, a self-help book, a how-to. It’s 33 contributors deal with weather, health, safety, children, traffic, lifestyle, community planning, politics, technology, environment, business,… all the while providing a very enjoyable read. This is truly a work to be treasured.

If you ride a bicycle, are thinking about riding a bicycle, know someone who rides a bicycle or wonder why the heck anyone would want to ride a bicycle — you should buy this book!

You can pick it up on Amazon (paperback or Kindle version), at the People’s Co-op Bookstore or probably anywhere really good books are sold.

And no, I had nothing to do with it and no one paid me to write this.

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