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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bicycle Book Review: Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy

bikenomics自転車の書評: Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy

Bikenomics is a recently published work by Portland bike activist Elly Blue. She is the author of Everyday Bicycling and writes for and in BikePortland, Bitch Magazine, Grist Magazine, Momentum magazine, and Reclaim Magazine.

Bikenomics is a call to wheels, advocating a lifestyle that combines personal convenience and sustainable economical growth for most cities and nations around the world.

Here is an assortment of reviews:

“It's a call to action, pointing out multiple ways that dollars currently spent in the service of the car can better better spent to serve people. She makes her case clearly and both passion and data inform the book. [...] This small book is an inspiration to step away from the automobile and to bicycle forward into a quieter, brighter, better world.” —Kent Peterson, Kent’s Bike Blog

“Blue’s approach is down-to-earth, practical, and kind.” —Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic Cities

"Blue's book is rational, fully footnoted--and, in the main, persuasive." —Ben Schiller, Fast Company

"Blue's book helped me better frame my own reasons for riding, and got me thinking a lot about what a more bike-centered future could look like. It's a future, I realized, I'd really like to see." —Dick VanderHart, Portland Mercury

"Blue isn't talking about 'fixing' the economy we have right now. Instead, she's talking about looking to a different future." —A.K. Streeter,

The book is basically for the already converted - us - and is a fun ride. It is a bit on the anecdotal side; clearly, Blue is trying to avoid being too wonky with data.

It joins many other pro-bike books on the shelf, and will be used (we hope) to combat the forces of petro-transportation.

Buy Bikenomics


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