By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb

Author note Marla Streb (Foreword)
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The bicyclist is less than assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are offended. as though that weren't sufficient, the yankee bike owner needs to hold the load of background alongside on each ride.

After a short heyday on the flip of the 20 th century, American cyclists fell out of the social awareness, changing into an afterthought while our towns have been deliberate and equipped. Cyclists this present day are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a troublesome and unsympathetic global that used to be now not made for them. but, with the correct perspective and just a little wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this opposed environment.

Covering even more than simply driving a motorbike in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny element, the demanding situations, techniques, and artwork of driving a motorcycle on America's glossy streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling event and slides it below the microscope, piece by means of piece. Its basic predicament is defense, yet this publication is going way past the standard advice and how-to, diving in to the geographical regions of historical past, psychology, sociology, and economics.

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One noticeable effect is increased road rage and the general ramping up of bitchiness among encased drivers, who, free from the encumbrance of face-to-face contact, decide to just speed past, flipping the bird or yelling a few choice words at whomever fills them with hate at the moment, then bolt away. They figure they’re never going to see that person again. Traffic is a bit like the Internet in that regard. Out on the sidewalk, where getting walloped violently is a more pressing possibility, suddenly all the road ragers are quite polite to each other.

When the mountain bikes were flying out of the shops in the 1990s, the buyers often had grandiose intentions of riding their new bikes to work and to the store, but it usually didn’t turn out that way. They didn’t ride bikes instead of driving, but in addition to driving, generally on the weekend. Thankfully, Americans have started to discover the advantages of bicycling for transportation. indd 21 3/25/14 11:31 AM THE ART of CYCLING doubled or more in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. 39 The increase in utility cycling did not come at the expense of recreational cycling, which became more popular as well.

Sure you can imagine a better way to live. But we get what we get in this world. We change what we can and make the best of everything else. As bicyclists, we are in prime position to make the best of what we cannot change. invoCation The dedicated cyclist is a new kind of pioneer. Pioneers have an obligation to those who would follow in their tracks, to show them the way. Instead of highlighting the difficulties and frustrations, instead of obsessing about conflict, get out there and show the nation how easy it already is to cycle in the city.

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