Building the Cycling City

The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality
Original Publish Date: Aug 28, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.07 hours)
Product Number: Z100141402
Released: Aug 28, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781977308429
Narrator/s: Christina Delaine
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In car-clogged urban areas across the world, the humble bicycle is enjoying a second life as a legitimate form of transportation. City officials are rediscovering it as a multi-pronged (or -spoked) solution to acute, twenty-first-century problems, including affordability, obesity, congestion, climate change, inequity, and social isolation. As the world's foremost cycling nation, the Netherlands is the only country where the number of bikes exceeds the number of people, primarily because the Dutch have built a cycling culture accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or economic means. Chris and Melissa Bruntlett share the incredible success of the Netherlands through engaging interviews with local experts and stories of their own delightful experiences riding in five Dutch cities. Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples. Tellingly, the Dutch have two words for people who ride bikes: wielrenner ("wheel runner") and fietser ("cyclist"), the latter making up the vast majority of people pedaling on their streets, and representing a far more accessible, casual, and inclusive style of urban cycling-walking with wheels. Outside of their borders, a significant cultural shift is needed to seamlessly integrate the bicycle into everyday life and create a whole world of fietsers. The Dutch blueprint focuses on how people in a particular place want to move. The relatable success stories will leave listeners inspired and ready to adopt and implement approaches to make their own cities better places to live, work, play, and-of course-cycle.

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"The authors start off by telling listeners their family has given up car ownership, getting around largely by bike or on foot. Their audio tour of the bicycle-friendly Netherlands isn't about personal experience; it concentrates more on policy. Narrator Christina Delaine tells listeners about Dutch cities' quality of life with enthusiasm and admiration. Sometimes, the topics are intriguing: cycle superhighways, car-free Sundays, and e-bikes, for example. Still, policy discussions run into rough terrain at times. The work doesn't cover just the Netherlands; cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe that have become more bike friendly are also discussed. Trends such as the cargo bike culture in Portland, Oregon, are considered as well. The audiobook provides lots of ideas for makers and shapers of decisions to contemplate. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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