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Author Friss, Evan, author

Title On bicycles : a 200-year history of cycling in New York City / Evan Friss
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
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Contents Rough start -- Up and down -- Moses -- The ban -- Bloomberg
Summary "In its most recent ranking, Bicycling Magazine named New York the number one American city for cycling. But long before the Citi Bike era, New York has stood out as an important city in the history and development of cycling--as a pastime and a mirror of the city's shifting social, economic, and structural developments. In Bicycles and the Boroughs, Evan Friss traces the storied history of bicycling in the Big Apple, from the bicycle-like "draisine" in 1818 adopted by a small number of enthusiasts; to New York's ascent to the capital of the cycling world in the 1890s, which among other things triggered increased female mobility and corresponding conversations about the propriety of women cyclists; to Mayor Koch's bike ban of 1987 after the stock market's collapse, which shed light on the ways bankers, lawyers, and other professionals relied on this labor force and the immediacy of the information they delivered. Finally, the history shifts to Michael Bloomberg's Citi Bike initiative, the largest bike sharing system in the country, in an effort to make New York a "greener" city. But even in the wake of the program's mass adoption, Friss brings to light ongoing public debates over the location of bike lanes, the dangers of biking in certain areas, whether the program's financial model is sustainable, and the ways in which cycling will continue to shape and be shaped by the city"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Bicycle commuting -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Bicycle sharing programs -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Cycling -- Government policy -- New York (State) -- New York
Cycling -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York
Cycling -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Cycling -- United States -- History
Urban transportation -- New York (State) -- New York
Bicycle commuting.
Bicycle sharing programs.
Cycling -- Government policy.
Cycling -- Social aspects.
GAMES / Gambling / Sports
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects
TRAVEL / Special Interest / Sports
Urban transportation.
New York (State) -- New York.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018049808
ISBN 0231544243
9780231544245 (electronic bk.)
(cloth : alk. paper)