(Art by Matt Fleming)
Amy Walker, co-founder and former creative director of Vancouver BC-based Momentum Magazine has been working on a new book: On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life. The book is a collection of essays written by 33 contributors, six of whom are from Portland.
One of the chapters was written by Elly Blue, our esteemed author of the Monday Roundup and former managing editor.
“Whether people are riding folding bikes to the train, or slipping through traffic on tricked-out fixed-gears, or carrying children and groceries on their utility bikes, bicycles are making urban life more dynamic, more enjoyable — simply better. People are giving up their cars. Cities are holding car-free street festivals for walking and biking. Dedicated bike lanes and bike parking are taking the streets back from cars. Bikes in general are becoming a bigger part of daily life for a lot of urban dwellers.
Amy Walker has been at the forefront of this trend as co-publisher of Momentum Magazine, which chronicles and inspires urban bike culture. In On Bicycles, she collects a wide-ranging group of cycling writers…to explore the ways that biking can change, and is changing, peoples lives. From the artsy creations of freak bikes, to utility bikes like the Xtracycle that are becoming the primary mode of transportation and grocery hauling for entire families, On Bicycles will cover the whole range of urban bike culture.”
Topics include freak bikes, new forms of bike parking, community bike shops, fixed gear culture, designing bike-friendly workplaces, mobile bike parties, rain riding, transportation policy, and more. Looks to be a must-have!
I’ll catch up with Amy and share an interview once the book hits the shelves. Stay tuned.