The Cyclist's Manifesto : The Case for Riding Out the Oil Crisis on Two Wheels Instead of Four by Robert Hurst (2009, Paperback)

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Overview Why we’re entering a different phase in the history of energy, why we can’t afford to ignore it— and why the bicycle provides a uniquely empowering way of dealing with it   The Cyclist’s 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 today’s superior mode of transport—and 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 America’s 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 Cyclist’s 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)

Reviews (2)

  • Anonymous
    4 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    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.

  • korak
    4 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    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!