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  1. Christine Christine says:

    A book like this has the tendency to go boring real fast Economy city planning and healthcare? Yawn Thankfully Elly Blue knows how to keep your attention riveted For starters it's a pleasure to walk around with this book with the stylized bike on the smooth cover the blue chapter headers and bikes on the inside Say what you will but it's very pleasant reading statistics when they're beautifulAesthetics aside Elly's strength is in making a seamless case using both statistics and anecdotes Every chapter tackles some new point that bicycle naysayers like to point out parking measures road upkeep even race and class divides No topic is too big or too small for Elly to touch on And since she walks the walk rides the ride? she's all the credible when she cites her facts likeThe federal transportation department estimates the economic impact of each life lost on the roads at 7 million When a road or intersection is deemed unsafe investment is determined in part by looking at the value of the number of fatalities multiplied by 7 million and comparing that with the amount it could cost to fix it All too often even when we have the right ideas about safe infrastructure they just don't pencil outYou hear that? One human is worth 7 million to the federal government Sigh Ms Blue takes great care to be inclusive in her writing style and doesn't come across as preachy She succeeds on a topic where most of us wouldn't know how to find the information let alone put it together into something coherent And this book is coherent I originally knocked a star off because I found my attention wandering at some points mainly because I was trying to assimilate massive amounts of data in a short period of time and then I realized that wasn't a good enough reason to give this book less than 5 stars I can see how this book would work as an oft consulted reference for the bicyclist's home library Because like it or not anyone who bikes becomes an ambassador for biking especially if you ride for transportation instead of sport Might as well be well informed And here's where the book really soars it's part encyclopaedic reference part how to manual and part manifesto I came away from Bikenomics with ideas on how to approach local business to get them to support biking and the solid belief that this is what I want to do and should be doing for the sake of myself and my community Talk about a strong bookI'd recommend this for anyone who has a passing interest in bicycling as a way of getting around for government officials staring down a pile of reuests for new bike lanes and for those of us who sometimes feel like we're all going down the tubes and we can't do anything about it Elly Blue says we can and I believe her

  2. Matthew Ciarvella Matthew Ciarvella says:

    I wish to strongly uestion author Elly Blue's credentials as a bike riding hippie There was far too much financial MATH going on here to be written by such a person The thorough discussions of economic cost vs reward precludes me from believing that the writer could be a soft hearted tree hugging bike rider I believe that Elly Blue is actually a brilliantly trained secret financial agent and is merely masuerading as a bike loving hippie in order to get us all to lower our guard and tolerate economic discussions that don't make copious references to tofu

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    I initially picked up this book and thought that although I should read it after flicking through the pages and seeing all the numbers and factoids referenced I wasn't really looking forward to itI'm glad I dug in however as it's a brilliant and succinct account of the economics of bicycles and how investments by cities in bicycle infrastructure can build community improve health outcomes both physical and mental address economic and social disadvantage gender and racial ineuality and sort out the environmentBut the book also interrogates how better bicycling infrastructure tends to be dominated by better off gentrifying communities leaving poorer communities without access to public transport or cycling and keeping them in economically disastrous car dependencyIt will take a huge shift to move from from a sedentary consumeristic fossil fuel burning automobile centric world to a local bicycle powered community based urban environment I think of the sprawl of outer east and outer west Melbourne and do wonder if it can be doneI thought the focus on the American economy would mean that the book would have limited insights for Australians but on the contrary the many experiments different cities in the states have tried regarding cycling provides a laboratory for other countries that have relatively young cities designed around automobiles It's very relevant

  4. Elise Elise says:

    This book offered a fun mental break in between studying these past few days I've read some of Elly Blue's work in Grist and much of this book takes up what she writes about online that bikes are kind of a no brainer solution when it comes to many of our societal woes including environmental destruction mental and physical health issues the lack of cohesive communities and our floundering economy and I buy this argument But I also appreciated the author's attention to the stratifying effects of the rise of bike culture that is bike advocacy often excludes the poor and people of color whose neighborhoods rarely see the expansion of any bike infrastructure when arguably these communities can benefit the most from bicycling She's also critical of the rise of the marketable image of bicycling and I agree that I'd love to see the day when biking is neither the hip new thing nor a radical act but simply a good way to get around Reading this book made me feel very lucky to live in a place where biking is relatively safe thanks to a pretty good though not perfect bike infrastructure and where biking is very much a way of life And I was inspired to stop complaining already about pedaling up the hills in our neighborhood; it beats going broke on gas and parking

  5. Mark Mark says:

    A bit self righteous Interesting notions about the economic benefits of biking but no realistic discussion about how much cycling particularly as a replacement for driving will or will not grow in the next 10 20 years The enomics part of the title is just jumping on the bandwagon of other popular books with onomics in the title Would have preferred actual economics and less preaching

  6. Timothy Timothy says:

    could only make it a few chapters in The writing was dry and the analysis was nothing new or interesting I think this book probably serves best as a masturbatory experience for people who feel elitist about the fact that they ride bikes

  7. Daniel Daniel says:

    I knew once I read the title that I would breeze through this book and love it Short and illustrative read; Blue provides all the numbers and resources you need to get started on a two wheeler Moreover if you have thought about contributing to the bicycle movement READ THIS BOOK

  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I was browsing the library during my lunch hour happened into the sports section navigated to teh bikes department and found this book and thought I would give it a try Overall it was worthwhile It was easy to read written somewhat in a coffee table conversation way and didn't reuire a ton of concentration I didn't learn that much but it feels like a pretty accurate manifestation of my position on the role of bikes in American society Elly Blue refers to many of the people and concepts that I have encountered in many other bicycle urbanism texts I've read The last three paragraphs of the book does well to explain its thesis Whatever our challenges we're better able to face them when we are relatively fit healthy happy prosperous confident and on confidently eual footing with each other and able to forge strong connections within and between communities We need these things desperately and an increasing number of communities are turning to the bicycle for them with some successThe bicycle is at this moment in history the rare tool that reminds us that we have the power to help ourselves and each other in exactly the ways that will allow us to face the worst of the disasters we find ourselves in What the bicycle can do if we choose to use it this way is help us survive and move beyond these things ourselves to the best of our capabilities The bicycle may not be able to save either the economy or the world that we have now But it is one means by which we may e able to get through whatever comes next with grace and meaning And it provides us with the opportunity to build ourselves lives communities and an economy that we can truly afford in the long run

  9. Elise Seifert Elise Seifert says:

    While I agreed with this book on its overall points there were some concepts that went too far without data to support them Claiming that biking can cure mental health issues is an insult to people whose’s mental health is not dependent on whether they exercise or not When she talked about the negative connotations of bike helmets I was intrigued they connote a sport element and in countries like Netherlands are hardly worn because it is soSafe to cycle there In the midst of car accident numbers and stating that booing is safer there were no numbers for bike accidents or how many lives helmets save If there had been one statement about how helmets do save lives in high speed accidents I would have been satisfied but that was disturbingly missing And while she mentions freuently the need to include low income and minority groups in our discussions of bike infrastructure and safety NONE of the anecdotal stories in her book were from those minority groups she kept touting were left out of discussions Good read to get you out and cycling and thinking about different aspectscosts but still doesn’t hit home for the above reasons

  10. Smam Smam says:

    This book was definitely preaching to the choir for me since I already agree with basically everything about it But it was still nice to see everything laid out in such an easy to understand way with lots of evidence and sources It looked at cycling from all sorts of different angles which I loved I do wish it hadn't been so dismissive of public transportation there were some parts where it felt like she was almost putting them on the level of cars I think the best cities have an extensive public transit network along with cycling network and walkable everywhere But I guess this is a book about bikes so it's to be expected Also unrelated to the content of the book but I got a physical copy from the library and it was really nice uality Like the font was different from typical and it was a blue color instead of black which made it easier on the eyes Very pleasant to read

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Bikenomics [Download] ➽ Bikenomics By Elly Blue – A short guide to transportation economics This 40 page saddle stitched small book makes the case for investing in bicycle transportation on a civic and household level Please note that there are two e A short guide to transportation economics This page saddle stitched small book makes the case for investing in bicycle transportation on a civic and household level Please note that there are two editions of Bikenomics in circulation a photocopied and unedited zine released in Summer and a larger run of the revised gold and blue zine that was released in December A full length book of the same title with entirely different contents is due out in fall from Cantankerous Titles.

  • Unknown Binding
  • 40 pages
  • Bikenomics
  • Elly Blue
  • English
  • 15 November 2014