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By Carlton Reid

Bicycling advocates envision a destiny during which motorcycles are a common day-by-day type of transportation. whereas many international towns are seeing the variety of motorcycle commuters raise, this destiny remains to be far-off; every now and then, city biking seems battling for its very survival. can we ever witness a real “bike growth” in towns? What will we examine from earlier successes and screw ups to make biking more secure, more straightforward, and extra available? Use of bicycles in the United States and Britain fell off a cliff within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties due to the fast upward thrust in motor vehicle possession. city planners and politicians envisioned that biking may wither to not anything, they usually did their point top to result in this extinction via catering to simply motorists. yet within the Nineteen Seventies, anything unusual happened—bicycling bounced again, first in the United States after which in Britain.


In Bike Boom, journalist Carlton Reid makes use of historical past to polish a focus at the current and demonstrates how bicycling has the capability to develop even additional, if the appropriate measures are installed position via the politicians and planners of this present day and the next day. He explores the advantages and demanding situations of biking, the jobs of infrastructure and advocacy, and what we will be able to study from towns that experience effectively supported and inspired motorcycle booms, together with London; Davis, California; Montreal; Stevenage; Amsterdam; ny; and Copenhagen.

Given that today’s worldwide bicycling “boom” has its roots within the early Seventies, Reid attracts classes from that period.  at the moment, the Dutch have been making an investment in motorbike infrastructure and advocacy— the U.S. and the united kingdom had the alternative to stick to the Dutch instance, yet didn’t. Reid units out to find what we will be able to research from the historical past of motorbike “booms” during this interesting and thought-provoking book.


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