By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb
Author note Marla Streb (Foreword)
The bicyclist is below assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are offended. as though that weren't sufficient, the yankee bicycle owner needs to hold the load of heritage alongside on each ride.
After a short heyday on the flip of the 20 th century, American cyclists fell out of the social recognition, turning into an afterthought while our towns have been deliberate and outfitted. Cyclists this present day are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a difficult and unsympathetic global that used to be no longer made for them. but, with the correct angle and just a little wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this opposed environment.
Covering even more than simply using a motorcycle in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny aspect, the demanding situations, options, and paintings of using a motorcycle on America's smooth streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling adventure and slides it less than the microscope, piece by means of piece. Its basic situation is safeguard, yet this ebook is going well past the standard assistance and how-to, diving in to the geographical regions of historical past, psychology, sociology, and economics.
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Extra resources for Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets (2nd Edition)
Indd 32 3/25/14 11:32 AM Frankenstein’s Monster Let’s not be too quick to blame (or credit) the mysterious powers that be in government or their shadowy lobbyists and pressure groups for locking so much of the nation’s treasure into asphalt slabs. Popular choice is a critical factor determining the actions of our (somewhat) representative government and the look of our new cities. Urban highway projects are popular expenditures in spite of themselves. Congress is relentlessly lambasted for unnecessary pork, but nobody bats an eyelash when it commits a quarter trillion to highways every few years.
It sometimes feels as if the person on the bike is The Other, to be reviled. While riding a bike for transportation is a tribute to many of the basic ideas upon which this country was founded—common sense, self-reliance, and closeness with the land, to name a few—it is also, in many ways, a slap in the face to contemporary American culture. Now wait a second. It sounds like a never-ending conflict. It sounds like war on the streets. How bad is it really? A good bicyclist, marginalized though she or he may be, travels with ease through the modern motorized city.
The primal rail transit systems used horses to pull the cars—“horsecars”— then, in the 1870s, evolved into cable-car systems that used ungainly networks of continuously moving steel cables to move the coaches. Electric trolleys, drawing power from overhead wires, became standard and ubiquitous soon after Starley invented the safety bicycle. The electric streetcar became the preferred method of urban travel for the vast majority of Americans, perhaps putting the bicycle on the back burner of utilitarian transport long before autos became popular.