Bikenomics: How Bicycling Will Save The Economy (If We Let It)

Bikenomics How Bicycling Will Save The Economy If We Let It 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

  • Title: Bikenomics: How Bicycling Will Save The Economy (If We Let It)
  • Author: Elly Blue
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • 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 editions of Bikenomics in circulation a photocopied and unedited zine released in Summer, 2011, and a larger run of the revised gold and blue zine that was released inA 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 editions of Bikenomics in circulation a photocopied and unedited zine released in Summer, 2011, and a larger run of the revised gold and blue zine that was released in December 2011 A full length book of the same title with entirely different contents is due out in fall, 2013 from Cantankerous Titles.

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    1. 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 ane [...]

    2. 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 tolera [...]

    3. 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 e [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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. 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. 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 extensi [...]

    9. 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 vi [...]

    10. 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 issuesFull review on my blog: edouardstenger.wordpress/Enjoy ! :)

    11. If you are a new cyclist and find yourself interested in biking culture, or if you are an avid cyclist, I highly recommend this book by Elly Blue. She very eloquently makes the case for how important cycling is and how it could change the way you view a city. With the prospect of Sarnia’s first bike lanes being installed in the near future, this book reassured me of everything I already knew. It’s incredible that a leisurely activity such a riding your bike could mean so much more in the gra [...]

    12. 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 e [...]

    13. 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.

    14. 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

    15. 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.

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

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. 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 separ [...]

    20. 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 trans [...]

    21. Elly Blue is a columnist for BikePortland 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    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 [...]

    24. 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 bikesntal health crisis, depression, misery in general? bikesod crisis? bikes can even help with that 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 t [...]

    25. 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. (T [...]

    26. 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 gene [...]

    27. 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 [...]

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