Are bicycling books all starting to sound the same?

Maybe it is just me and the plethora of bicycling publications I have read in a relatively short span of time, but recently I have become increasingly concerned that advocacy books on the benefits of bicycling are starting to sound repetitious.

For bicycling to remain in the forefront of the transportation planning and design dialogue, it must continuously unique, eclectic, and evolutionary, perhaps even revolutionary. Unfortunately, the literature lately tends to repeat and repackage past and/or current successes instead of charting new, controversial, and trend-setting territory.

Perhaps, we have only reached a plateau? Perhaps, we are just stuck in a short-term dry spell? Perhaps, the good fight has been fought and the advocacy community is tiring against the onslaught of big oil, big cars, and big highway interests? Only time will tell, but for those of us fighting the fight on the streets of America, let’s hope we are only in a pause and not a reversal. That would be truly sad, indeed.

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4 Responses to Are bicycling books all starting to sound the same?

  1. Ray Hall says:

    G’day from Ray. There is a saying in the writing fraternity:– “All the stories have been told, all that remains is the manner in which we tell them.”


  2. On the surface this seems to be true; however: only on the surface. When cycling activists would do some introspection they would find a spark of religion, or maybe even a full fledged belief-set. This set comes with a whole lot of reasonings and fundamental thought that hinder free thinking. When starting to think from the position of ‘the city’ one would see where the problems are. This could be a better way of finding alternatives for cycling planning and promotion.


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