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In an era of steep gas prices, snarled traffic, catastrophic climate change, and a yearning for a higher quality of life, interest in bike-friendly public policies is surging nationwide. A surprising array of political organizations, visionary politicians, and colorful individuals powers this movement and a growing number of bike enthusiasts are taking to the streets. From the night rides of Critical Mass to the dumpster-diving Rat Patrol, this book shows the eccentric side of the bicycling universe even as it illustrates the mainstream efforts of politicians like U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar and plain folks like 'œBiker Mama' Jane Healy. Dedicated to the idea that biking is an ongoing act of nondestructive living, Pedal Power shows why the dominance of the automobile is yesterday's idea and edges us closer to a more democratic, multimodal transportation system so essential in the age of global warming. The bike, regarded as irrelevant to the 20th century, is making a comeback in the 21st. Pedal Power takes us there and suggests that the most compelling thing about riding is that it changes the way people experience the world and, therefore, the way they think.
Table of Contents
Contrasting Visions: The Bike Saddle versus the Car Seat and Why It Matters Politically
Biking in Amsterdam: The Politics of the Possible
Culture Storm Individualism and Materialism
The American Experience American Dreamers
The Gathering Culture Storm Tarnished Dreams
Biking Eccentrics: Who Are These Folks, Anyway? Randy Neufeld: The Pioneer Alex Wilson: The Saint Gin Kilgore and Michael Burton: Love Me, Love My Bike Jane Healy: Biker Mama
Building the Case: The Politics Advocates National Organizations Local Organizations
Pushing the Envelope: Populist Politics Critical Mass Shift (to Bikes) Chitown Cruisers
The Rat Patrol Bike Clubs
Politicians Who Matter James Oberstar Earl Blumenauer Anne Paulsen Jerry Abramson
Metapolitics, Minibikes A Global Warming Primer Can We Respond? Not If
The Kyoto Protocol and Self-Interest Pedaling into a Future
Pedaling into the Future
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