Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road by James LonghurstBike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road by James Longhurst

Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road

byJames Longhurst

Paperback | June 26, 2017

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Americans have been riding bikes for more than a century now. So why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists? James Longhurst, a historian and avid cyclist, tackles that question by tracing the contentious debates between American bike riders, motorists, and pedestrians over the shared road. Bike Battles explores the different ways that Americans have thought about the bicycle through popular songs, merit badge pamphlets, advertising, films, newspapers and sitcoms. Those associations shaped the actions of government and the courts when they intervened in bike policy through lawsuits, traffic control, road building, taxation, rationing, import tariffs, safety education and bike lanes from the 1870s to the 1970s.

Today, cycling in American urban centers remains a challenge as city planners, political pundits, and residents continue to argue over bike lanes, bike-share programs, law enforcement, sustainability, and public safety. Combining fascinating new research from a wide range of sources with a true passion for the topic, Longhurst shows us that these battles are nothing new; in fact they?re simply a continuation of the original battle over who is - and isn?t - welcome on our roads.

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNleJ0tDvqg

James Longhurst is associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin?La Crosse and author of Citizen Environmentalists.
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Title:Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American RoadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 26, 2017Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295742666

ISBN - 13:9780295742663

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction1. Get Out of the Road!2. The Right Sort of People3. The Rules of the Road4. Victory Bike Battles5. 1950's Syndrome6. Bikes Are Beautiful

ConclusionAcknowledgmentsNote on Citations and SourcesAbbreviationsNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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Americans have been riding bikes for more than a century now. So why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists? James Longhurst, a historian and avid cyclist, tackles that question by tracing the contentious debates between American bike riders, motorists, and pedestrians over the shared road. Bike Battles explores the different ways that Americans have thought about the bicycle through popular songs, merit badge pamphlets, advertising, films, newspapers and sitcoms. Those associations shaped the actions of government and the courts when they intervened in bike policy through lawsuits, traffic control, road building, taxation, rationing, import tariffs, safety education and bike lanes from the 1870s to the 1970s.Today, cycling in American urban centers remains a challenge as city planners, political pundits, and residents continue to argue over bike lanes, bike-share programs, law enforcement, sustainability, and public safety. Combining fascinating new research from a wide range of sources with a true passion for the topic, Longhurst shows us that these battles are nothing new; in fact they?re simply a continuation of the original battle over who is - and isn?t - welcome on our roads.Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNleJ0tDvqgBike Battles offers a significant contribution to both the growing literature on the history of American bicycling and the immense, well-established literature on urban policymaking. It is scholarship written by a sophisticated historian who draws on sources ranging from the traditional to the wonderfully unusual in order to shed light on the changing history of bicycling?s place in American cities. - Christopher Wells, author of Car Country