Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Carlton Reid, author of Bike Boom, speaks tonite at BicycleSPACE Downtown

I've read the book, which is very good, but I haven't had a chance to write up the review. Bike Boom is the second volume of what will be three books, and it covers the period from roughly the 1920s through the 1970s.

I learned a lot I didn't know--it's ironic as the stuff we advocate for today, cycletracks etc., were part of the discussion in the US in the 1970s, and in England long before.

From Facebook:

BicycleSPACE – Downtown
440 K St NW
Washington, DC

At 7:30pm, journalist Carlton Reid will give a talk about his latest book, Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling, published by Island Press. In Bike Boom, Carlton sets out to discover what we can learn from the history of bike booms. He uses history to shine a spotlight on the present and demonstrates how bicycling has the potential to grow even further, if the right measures are put in place by the politicians and planners of today and tomorrow.

He explores the benefits and challenges of cycling, the role of infrastructure and advocacy, and what we can learn from cities that have successfully supported and encouraged bike booms, including London; Davis, California; Montreal; Stevenage; Amsterdam; New York; and Copenhagen. Stick around after his presentation if you'd like a signed copy of the book!

Speaking of Amsterdam- before and after Carlton's presentation, demos will be available on electric cargo bikes by manufacturer Urban Arrow. If you fall in love with the convenience and capabilities of an Urban Arrow, any order placed this evening will also get you a FREE rain cover ($299 value!). They'll also be stopping by our Adams Morgan and Ivy City locations earlier in the day, so if you can't make it in the evening, contact us to set up an earlier demo.

Join us for a fun and educational evening that will leave you optimistic for the future of urban cycling!



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