Wray, professor of political science at Chicago's DePaul University and a bike enthusiast, combines his professional and personal interests in this study of the role of the bicycle in American life and its political implications. His interview subjects range from a U.S. congressman to bicycle activists and children who bike to school. While the connection between bicycles and politics may seem tenuous, as the author says, "Bike policy is relevant because bikes do not drain the world of finite and highly contentious energy resources." He adds that since political decisions are frequently interactive, questions surrounding "bike friendliness" and related policies drift into other areas of concern, such as transportation policy. He cites several examples of bicycle programs, efforts to influence transportation policy, and introduces the reader to a number of the colorful characters involved. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
the quiet rise of the bicycle in American public life
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