Books

Want to use your bike more?

Urban BikerRead ‘Urban Bikers’ Tricks and Tips’ by Dave Glowacz

C.I.C.L.E. Note: This book is considered to be the rogue guide to cycling by some, as it provides tips not just for the legal beagle cyclist, but for the sly-rule-breaker as well. We appreciate that it takes into account multiple rider personality types — demonstrating street skills that will benefit both the law abiding cyclist AND the red-light-runnin’ street demon. What is exceptional about this guide is that it is sooooo easy to read and absorb — full color and easy to comprehend diagrams from cover to cover. It’s not perfect, but it is a valuable resource, especially for those of us who hate dry and technical reads that put us right to sleep.

Urban Bikers’ Tricks & Tips will help—because its tips come from bicycle riders, both beginner and hard-core, from all over North America.

If you hardly use a bicycle, this book will help you bike more. And if you ride every day, this book will surprise you—and even make you an even stealthier cyclist.

Want to learn how to really drive your bike?

CyclecraftRead ‘Cyclecraft’ by John Franklin.

C.I.C.L.E. Note: Cyclecraft is considered to be one of the best primers on urban cycling. No rules being broken here. It is a UK guide however, and is not easily found in the states, but can be ordered online from American book dealers. If you’re serious about commuting by bike, even if it’s only on the weekend, we recommend this book as well.

Where to find the book: Cyclecraft can be hard to find as it is published in the UK. Try online bookstores such as Amazon, Powells, Barnes and Nobel…it may take a couple of weeks to recieve it, but it may be well worth it.

Want to Get Inspired and Informed?

Divorce your carRead ‘Divorce your Car!: Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile’ By Katie Alvord.

Our romance with cars, begun with enthusiasm more than 100 years ago, has in fact become a very troubled entanglement. Today’s relationship with the automobile inflicts upon us pollution, noise, congestion, sprawl, big expenses, injury, and even death. Yet we continue to live with cars at a continuing cost to ourselves and the environment.

What can people do about this souring affair?-Divorce your car! Re-meet your feet, board a bike, take a train, pull out of this dysfunctional relationship with the automobile! Divorcing your car can take many forms, from simply using it less to not owning one at all. This practical guide shows how divorcing a car can be fun, healthy, money-saving, and helpful to the planet in the process.

Want to learn how to kick the car habit?

How to live well without owning a carRead ‘How to Live Well Without Owning a Car’ by Chris Balish.

Between rising gas prices, endless car payments, and countless hours spent in gridlock traffic, do you ever get the feeling that you don’t own your car, but rather your car owns you? Kick the Car Habit is the first practical, accessible, and sensible guide to living in America without owning a car; The book examines America’s car culture and explains how most Americans do not “love” their cars, but are addicted to them; And like any addiction, car-addiction is a costly one.

Want More Inspiration to Get You Out of the Car?

Asphalt NationRead ‘Asphalt Nation: How the automobile took over America and how we can take it back’ By Jane Holtz Kay

Asphalt Nation is a major work of urban studies that examines how the automobile has ravaged America’s cities and landscape, and how we can fight back.

Today our world revolves around the car – as a nation, we spend eight billion hours a year stuck in traffic. In Asphalt Nation, Jane Holtz Kay effectively calls for a revolution to reverse our automobile-dependency. Citing successful efforts in places from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, Kay shows us that radical change is not impossible by any means. She demonstrates that there are economic, political, architectural, and personal solutions that can steer us out of the mess. Asphalt Nation is essential reading for everyone interested in the history of our relationship with the car, and in the prospect of returning to a world of human mobility.