Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets (2nd Edition) by Robert Hurst, Marla Streb

By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb

Author note Marla Streb (Foreword)

The bicyclist is lower than assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are indignant. as though that weren't adequate, the yank bike owner needs to hold the burden of heritage alongside on each ride.

After a short heyday on the flip of the 20th century, American cyclists fell out of the social cognizance, turning into an afterthought while our towns have been deliberate and outfitted. Cyclists at the present time are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a difficult and unsympathetic international that used to be no longer made for them. but, with the right kind angle and somewhat wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this antagonistic environment.

Covering even more than simply driving a motorbike in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny aspect, the demanding situations, recommendations, and paintings of using a motorcycle on America's sleek streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling event and slides it below the microscope, piece by way of piece. Its basic main issue is safeguard, yet this publication is going well past the standard counsel and how-to, diving in to the geographical regions of background, psychology, sociology, and economics.

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Out on the sidewalk, where getting walloped violently is a more pressing possibility, suddenly all the road ragers are quite polite to each other. Cyclists tend to take these hit-and-run road-rage encounters rather personally, which is unfortunate. Usually such an encounter is a simple example of motor traffic being motor traffic. Driving creates stress, which breeds tantrums. Enclosure creates anonymity, adding fuel to the fire. If we’re going to be out in it, we should not get all bent out of shape about the unshakable realities of traffic any more than we should get down on the street and bang our heads against the pavement.

43 The streetcars had a profound effect on the physical form of American cities, causing the dense centers to bloom outward and even stitching outlying satellite towns together with the primary areas into unbroken conurbations. On your next ride you can check out the result of the streetcar effect in your hometown. The streetcar suburbs of the late nineteenth century now form the heart of the city—rows of stately antique houses that once gave their owners the warm illusion of country living but have since been encased in layer after layer of development.

Furthermore, this projection was based on conservative assumptions that have since been blown out of the water by reality. 50 *As is evident in the name, partial support for this massive undertaking came from the belief, rational or otherwise, that a system of wide highways would be necessary in the event of a nuclear war and mass evacuation. As the specter of civil defense creeps back into the national consciousness in the post-9/11 world, we now know that the National Defense Highway System is a woefully inadequate facilitator of mass exodus.

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