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Making the case for adopting more sustainable modes of transportation, this engaging reference explores the economic benefits of bicycling. It starts with an analysis of the real costs incurred by individuals and families in existing transportation systems and goes on to examine the current civic expenses of these systems. With critiques of modern society’s deep-rooted attMaking the case for adopting more sustainable modes of transportation, this engaging reference explores the economic benefits of bicycling. It starts with an analysis of the real costs incurred by individuals and families in existing transportation systems and goes on to examine the current civic expenses of these systems. With critiques of modern society’s deep-rooted attachment to car culture, this book tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation. Offering a fresh and compelling perspective on how people get from place to place, this book reveals the multifaceted North American bicycle movement with its contradictions, challenges, successes, and visions for the future.Please note: This paperback book is a different title with different content from the previously published zine, "Bikenomics: How Bicycling Will Save the Economy (If We Let It)." The zine is about 40 pages long, pocket-sized, and the binding is stapled....

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Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy Reviews

  • Christine
    2019-06-21 08:28

    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 beautiful.Aesthetics 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 more credible when she cites her facts, like:"The 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 out."You 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 book!I'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 requests 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.

  • Matthew Ciarvella
    2019-07-01 06:03

    I wish to strongly question 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 masquerading 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.

  • Elise
    2019-07-12 10:28

    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.

  • Mark
    2019-06-25 07:29

    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 more actual economics and less preaching.

  • Mercurio Cadena
    2019-07-13 04:00

    Es una fantástica obra que brinda un panorama muy completo de las enormes ventajas del ciclismo para el desarrollo de ciudades. Como bien dice al final: la bicicleta puede que no sea la panacea que nos salvará de esta economía inviable o del calentamiento global, pero es una pieza importante en la solución compleja que buscamos.

  • Timothy
    2019-07-09 07:05

    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.

  • Daniel
    2019-07-09 04:04

    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!

  • Smam
    2019-06-22 08:00

    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 quality. 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.

  • C Pure
    2019-07-13 07:03

    Interesting read!Even though this book is now dated (it was published in 2011) I found it to be quiet interesting to learn about the social and economical impacts bike culture has had in various communities around the world. Being a woman of color, I also appreciated the talk about how bicycling is perceived across race and gender because I feel that is an important argument that is overlooked.I use to ride my bike in NYC (around 2011-2013) and it definitely did not have the safety in numbers vibe as it does now! Here we are 2017 and I see the change the citibike systems have had including better bike lane infrastructure. More people are cruisin the streets than ever, and it's pretty awesome. So yey for bikes!!

  • Edouard Stenger
    2019-06-28 10:00

    With so many bike enthusiasts in my grad school program, I had planned to read this book for quite a while. Now that I have graduaded, I thought I could take the time. This is a short (less than 200 pages), very interesting book that outlines the many advantages and positive aspects of biking. While not a panacea to absolutely all our problems, biking could solve or help solve a laundry list of issues...Full review on my blog: ! :)

  • Andres Varela
    2019-07-12 12:15

    Buen material pero casi todas las cifras que brinda son de EE.UU. por tanto resulta un poco irrelevante para el resto del planeta. Sin embargo, las conclusiones aplican para todo mundo, el mensaje claro del daño que le hacemos al planeta y a nosotros mismos por el uso desmedido de los automotores lo deja muy claro y muy bien fundamentado. El ahora y el futuro es la bicicleta, es algo obvio, pero aun existe una mayoría de necios e ignorantes que no dejan que la infraestructura avance para que el cambio sea más rápido, por el bien del planeta, por el bien de la humanidad, por el bien de todo.

  • Sarah
    2019-07-01 10:19

    Blue is preaching to the choir in my case, but I found so much inspiration to keep on keepin' on--especially through these dreary winter days. I appreciate her well-researched and broad look at how cycling can improve the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the world.

  • Heidi
    2019-07-06 12:03

    Highly recommended to anyone that wants to learn more about our transportation system and how we each can positively impact it, our environment, our health and our pocketbooks through human power or mass transit

  • Kike Rojas
    2019-07-19 10:20

    Very well written essay on the benefits of cycling as a way of transportation. A little too reiterative at times but I believe the author managed to make her message very clear.

  • Rick Lindeman
    2019-07-12 09:18

    Goed overzicht van hoe de economische impact van fietsen werkt en de huidige staan van de Amerikaanse fietslobby.

  • Jenna Marie
    2019-07-09 04:11

    this is my mission statement.

  • Mizloo
    2019-06-21 08:10

    Smart, thoughtful, well-informed, but clearly biased. Although I share the biases.

  • Rita
    2019-06-29 07:11

    entering year 10 of stubbornly everyday biking and this book still taught me things.

  • Benno Lang
    2019-06-25 07:07

    Got me pretty keen on cycling again. There's a lot of great info, even if it is a bit repetitive and drawn out in parts.

  • Jessikirk
    2019-06-24 11:01

    Fantastic bicycling manifesto I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be motivated to ride a bicycle. I truly hope more people will read and make the change.

  • Robin
    2019-06-27 05:29

    This was a very interesting read about the economics of bike vs car infrastructure, the cost of owning a car vs a bike, and the effects increased bike riding has on local businesses (spoiler: bikes always win!). As someone who loves to bike and hates to drive (though sadly, where I'm living now is particularly unfriendly to bikes), this book was kind of a no brainer to me. The thing that really drives me capital c CRAZY about bike infrastructure is that both bikes and cars want bikes to be separated from traffic. Everyone is happier when bikes have a bike lane on busy streets or a greenway completely separate. Some people act like it pisses them off, but truthfully, all drivers want to do is drive without obstacles or distractions, and all bikers want is to be ALIVE at the end of the day.I think a lot of people would be surprised how much tax dollars are essentially wasted on maintaining roads--I say wasted because we currently don't have high enough taxes to properly maintain the roads we already have, much less build new roads, so many of our roads are in a constant state of disrepair. If we actually want to throw all our eggs in the car infrastructure basket, we should raise gas taxes immediately so that a gallon costs like $7. Political suicide, anyone?Only 4 stars because there was some weird grammatical errors and strange sentence structures in the book that were distracting to me.

  • Phil Grupe
    2019-07-03 04:19

    Great, short read on the multiple benefits offered by a transit system based more on bicycles than on vehicles. Elly Blue makes a great case for how a transition to bicycle-first transit and development could be one of the best ways for us to make a significant short-term dent in our GHG emissions, as well as a boon to local economies. Unfortunately, many cities are still too spread out to fully take advantage of this type of development yet, and they would require major upgrades to public transit, or re-thinking of development into more self-contained towns in various sections of major metro areas, in order for bikes to be a truly feasible option for most citizens. And then there are those Midwest winters.....Portland is a lovely town, and in some ways its bike-friendly infrastructure can be a model elsewhere; but year-round cycling is a totally different beast in a place like Minneapolis, Chicago, or Detroit.As a side note, the editing could have been a bit sharper, as I came across myriad grammatical errors, but they didn't usually distract too terribly from the book (unless you're quite anal retentive about that kind of thing).

  • Michael
    2019-07-09 12:16

    Elly Blue is a columnist for and well qualified to write a book about cycling's impact on society. I suppose the rationale for the title's focus on the economic benefits of more cycling is because that is what we are all supposed to care about these days, but the twelve chapters provide something more like a reader or introduction to the main social issues of increasing use of bicycles in America, from "asphalt bubble" to "whose streets?"As with most advocacy texts of this sort, the author's intense expressed enthusiasm for her position suggests to me that few cycling opponents would have any interest in reading this, so there may be a "preaching to the choir" problem. My public library purchased several copies (and presumably others did too); perhaps some folks who are in the middle or open to learning about the topic will consult it.At least for me, it hasn't been easy to find books on "cycling policy" that make for engrossing reading. I certainly didn't sit down and read this from cover to cover - eventually I read about half of it, jumping around. I knew some of what was described, but I learned a few things, too.

  • Carye Bye
    2019-06-23 12:18

    Just finished Elly Blue's Bikenomics book!It's a super good read --- full of a mix of personal story and statistics. It's a thesis really showing through examples the benefits for all--- as cities and towns explore and implement specific bike infrastructure, they have experienced a growth of safety and health... and saved money. And the idea if you build it, they will come.It's covered in the book but I also learned first hand how much the Bike Share idea has changed cities. On my loop tour of the US & Canada, San Antonio & Washington DC were very easy to explore by bicycle -- maps & routes and lots of happy people biking around and the regular road traffic really accepting bikes as real traffic too. It was marvelous.The book also spends a lot of time deconstructing myths around the automobile and how much that culture relies on subsidies to exist.This book is all about bikes for sure but it's also up front and not afraid to reveal the gas guzzling empire to its true reality.

  • Eric
    2019-06-22 05:23

    Do you enjoy political sucker-punches? Then this is the ideal book for you. Do you enjoy reading 170 pages of an argument based on an unsustainable premise? Again, this book is for you. I want to give this book a good review because there are great points. However, those points are encumbered and lessened by how much political drive is put behind each point. In other words, how biking will save the economy becomes a secondary point and acts as a vehicle for Elly's political agenda. Finally, the book is based too heavily on a slippery slope argument. The baseline premise is that, if we bike more, we will drive less. You can figure out the secondary endpoints that result from people biking themselves and driving less such as better health, less risk of sedentary diseases, more money to spend on the local economy, and a happier person.This book could have been so much more. If it was less anecdotal stories driven by a leftist political agenda and more empiric evidence, this book would have been the perfect primer on how bicycling can save the economy

  • Melanie Mauer
    2019-06-25 09:13

    really impressed with how articulate the message of this book was."environmental destruction? bikes can help stem the tide.heath crisis? bikes all the way.distracted driving and the epidemic level of traffic deaths and injuries? absolutely bikes.mental health crisis, depression, misery in general? crisis? bikes can even help with crisis? bikes take it on head-on, not just in replacing motorized trips bt in creating the conditions for more energy efficient places. economic crisis? now this is where bicycling takes home the biggest trophies."each discussion plus safety, infrastructure, biking with kids, etc is covered thoughtfully.i finished this book and biked 10 miles - that's how good it was :)"bicycling is one of those lifestyle habits that can doesn't even usually feel like exercise but can hold a whole host of diseases at bay. adults who regularly commute by bike have the average fitness of someone ten years younger."

  • Nick Klagge
    2019-07-02 06:06

    This is a short and entertaining book, mostly for people who like biking or maybe people who think they might like biking. In general it just reaffirmed my positive feelings about biking, but I did learn some interesting things that I didn't know before. For example, as a newcomer to the Bay Area, I was very interested to learn the history of the Embarcadero Freeway, a San Francisco waterfront-covering eyesore that was mercifully destroyed, never to return, in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. (Thank you, earthquake, for the beautiful SF waterfront of today.) I was also interested to read about the divergent historical paths of the US and the Netherlands--in the 1970s, both countries had equally poor bike infrastructure, but the latter made a concerted national push to improve it, and is now one of the most bike-friendly places in the world. Mainly, I'm mad that you can't bike across the Bay Bridge!

  • Chris D'Antonio
    2019-06-29 09:24

    It doesn't really convey new knowledge as much as it updates statistics and talking points, and parents several economic arguments in favor of cycling adjacent to one another, while weaving in personal and historic anecdotes for effect. The long story short is increasing bicycling and access to it is good for reducing oil consumption, urban pollution, improving public health, improving the economic stability and investing in local businesses and keeping money in the local economy, improving general traffic safety, and reducing business expenses related to providing car parking. The author ties each of these points the real world expenses they represent. As the author says, its no silver bullet for all that ails the world, but it is a significant element of how we go about healing ourselves and the planet, to everyone's benefit.

  • Sharon
    2019-07-08 12:11

    I've always considered myself an avid biker. I bike 3,000+ miles /year for recreation/exercise. I've commuted to some of my jobs through the years and even owned one car/ two people for 5 years, but It is hard to imagining me or most people I know commuting and running errands on a regular basis. The barriers seem too great - distance, traffic, weather, kids, carrying / hauling stuff, etc. . Elly encourages us to imagine a community where many of those barriers are gone and how it would help our health, our economy and our world. Would people use bikes for errands , commute to work or as least use cars less? She gives examples of communities who have added bike lanes or coral parking and how it actually transformed the way people travelled. What would it take for me to ride more? Would others follow?

  • Brandon
    2019-06-29 11:00

    I really thought this was a well-written book. The arguments that are made can seem like they are very Portland specific, but Blue then draws them out far enough that we see their universal applications. With each chapter I kept thinking of different people whom I wanted to read this book, just so I could discuss it with them. I also enjoyed learning that having a feminist take on bicycling essentially amounts to the same thing as having a much more thoughtful and cross-cultural take on bicycling. Blue has clearly taken a long look at the statistics and a deep and insightful look into her own city and the effects that bicycling has had there and then put those thoughts into this book. In fact, the only fault I found in the occasionally missed editing opportunity. But this is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike.