The Cyclist's Manifesto : The Case for Riding Out the Oil Crisis on Two Wheels Instead of Four by Robert Hurst (2009, Paperback)
Overview Why weÃ¢ÂÂre entering a different phase in the history of energy, why we canÃ¢ÂÂt afford to ignore itÃ¢ÂÂ and why the bicycle provides a uniquely empowering way of dealing with it Â The CyclistÃ¢ÂÂs Manifesto makes the most powerful case to date for a simple fact: America can no longer afford to ignore the bicycle as a tool for serious transportation. Robert Hurst takes off his gloves to lay out the case in favor of the bicycle as todayÃ¢ÂÂs superior mode of transportÃ¢ÂÂand to voice a resounding call to action for people to use it. Hurst visits a surprising variety of places and historical moments in search of an explanation for AmericaÃ¢ÂÂs dysfunctional love-hate relationship with the most efficient vehicle ever invented. He argues that the American aversion to bicycling for transportation is a unique historical-cultural absurdity based largely on false assumptions and bad information. Written with wit and more than a little exasperation, The CyclistÃ¢ÂÂs Manifesto paints a tantalizing picture of the potential benefits of an increasingly self-propelled America, and beckons the frustrated driver, transit user, or pedestrian into the streets for a healthier, happier life on two wheels.
- ISBN-13: 9780762751280
- Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
- Publication date: 5/5/2009
- Edition description: First
- Pages: 224
- Sales rank: 515,123
- Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.53 (d)
4.0 / 5.0
I was glued to this book until I reached his chapter, "The Sorry State of the Motoring Dream," then I got bored and my mind wondered. I read three other books on biking before finishing it. He covers some great history on the bicycle. I recommend the book.
5.0 / 5.0
Can it be done? Can I do it? This book is the big break from your car to your bike, and hopefully give this old planet a chance to heal before it is too late. YES I CAN!