In the City of Bikes

In the City of Bikes

The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist

Book - 2013
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Part personal memoir, part history of cycling, part fascinating street-level tour of Amsterdam, IN THE CITY OF BIKES is the story of a man who loves bikes in a city that loves bikes. When Pete's story begins, his goals for an upcoming semester abroad are clear: study how to make America's cities more bicycle friendly, and then return home to his new bride, Amy Joy. Once he sets foot in Amsterdam, however, Pete falls immediately in love with the city that already lives life on two wheels-and suddenly, he can't imagine ever leaving it. Just two weeks into their marriage, Amy Joy joins Pete in Amsterdam, but hardships quickly loom in their adopted homeland. As they skip from one illegal sublet to the next, success and stability are constantly out of reach, and work is impossible to find-but they do discover deep pleasures during their daily rides through the city. And as Pete digs deep into the cycling history of Amsterdam, Amy Joy, prompted by a fortuitous flat, finds her own new calling as a bicycle mechanic. Pete, meanwhile, discovers an untold history of cycling in Amsterdam, an activity so ingrained in the city's lifestyle that its story hasn't been properly told. From its beginnings as an elitist pastime in the 1890s, to the street-consuming craze of the 1920s, from the bicycle's role in a city-wide resistance to the Nazi occupation, to the legendary success of the White Bikes in the 1970s, a movement that never in fact succeeded, to the bike fisherman of today, Jordan painstakingly recreates the evolution of cycling over time, through fads, alongside great movements in history.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: x, 438 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780061995200
Branch Call Number: 796.609492 Jor


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Jan 29, 2016

very interesting history of cycling in Amsterdam that makes you want to go there and hop on a bike. Lots of fun historical detail.


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Feb 05, 2015

"While my peers treated obtaining a driver's license as a vital - almost universal - rite of passage, I was uninterested in cars. My classmates eagerly became motorists, while I remained a devoted cyclist. As I grew older, bike riding continued to fascinate me far more than car driving."

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