Bike Book Reviews

March 28, 2016

Reviewed by Kris Parfitt


Urban Cycling – How to get to work, save money, and use your bike for city living

Madi Carlson, Mountaineers Press

“It’s more fun to bike!” says author Madi Carlson. A true inspiration, her book is easy, informative and fun to read. Using clear black and white photos, educational graphics and humor the book offers an educational look at how easy it is to use one’s bike as an inexpensive low-impact vehicle in an urban setting. Carlson’s book can be used anywhere bikes are used for transportation – it’s a navigational guide that motivates the reader to push past the unknown and into the instant freedom of riding a bike.


Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow, Viking

An impressive feat, Janette Sadik-Khan revised the congested streets of New York City by weaving plazas, dedicated bus lanes, and bicycle-friendly infrastructure by redesigning traffic structures and implementing people-focused transportation channels. While the book isn’t about these two urban visionaries, it is actually an inspiring and educational “do-it-yourself” guide for cities to use and implement by applying the same qualities and principles that have successfully reshaped over 45 global metropolitan locations.


Urban Revolutions – A Woman’s Guide to Two-Wheeled Transportation

Emilie Bahr, Microcosm Publishing

Urban cyclist and transportation planner, Emilie Bahr, answers questions that many woman ask about bicycling: What does bike-friendly really mean? How can I feel safe on a bike? And the most unspoken, but often considered, how can I bike to work and still look professional? Practically written using antidotes, tips and photos this woman’s guide to urban cycling should be in every girl’s messenger bag.


Cycletherapy – Grief and Healing on Two Wheels

Edited by Elly Blue and Anika Ledlow, Microcosm Publishing

The first in the Journal of Bicycle Feminism series, editors Elly Blue and Anika Ledlow collected stories from cyclists who discovered that biking is one of the best vehicles for navigating the pot-holes along the roadway of life. Essays laced with humor, irony, grit and sorrow weave the reader through a two-wheel journey of deeply personal, and often healing, narratives.


Rail-Trails of Washington and Oregon

Wilderness Press

Once again Wilderness Press publishes an outstanding guide book for explorers who yearn for distance and history on America’s iconic yet abandoned railways. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a national network of trails from former rail lines across the U.S.  Each trail is expertly detailed in the book with history, distance, elevation and directions to the trailhead at both ends. The Washington and Oregon region boasts a deep history of railways which makes for an abundance of trails to explore on foot, bike or hoof.