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Bike battles : a history of sharing the American road

Author: James Lewis Longhurst
Publisher: Seattle ; London : University of Washington Press, ©2015 [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Lewis Longhurst
ISBN: 9780295994680 0295994681 0295742666 9780295742663
OCLC Number: 895730870
Description: xi, 294 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Get out of the road! : the battle over the public roads in America, 1870-1900 --
The right sort of people : the battle over taxes, sidepaths, and roads at the turn of the century --
The rules of the road : bicycling in the automotive age, 1900-1930 --
Victory bike battles : the debate over emergency transport in World War II --
1950s syndrome : excluding bikes from suburban streets, interstate highways, and adult lives --
Bikes are beautiful : the bike boom, bikeways, and the battle over where to ride in the 1970s --
Conclusion : the road as a commons.
Responsibility: James Longhurst.

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In six chapters, [Longhurst] traces the history of what is essentially road-sharing: first horses and carts mixed with pedestrians; then trolleys and buses; then, after WWII, an overwhelming shift, Read more...

 
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