Cool reads

Here are some of the articles and videos we?ve enjoyed over the past month.

Who?d have thought that Columbia, Missouri, is becoming one of America?s bike-friendly communities? But this university town of 100,000 is one of four communities that is benefiting from a federal government pilot program that is creating ?bike boulevards? and making it easier for residents to walk to local destinations. Its mayor says: ?If we could get people to use their bikes or walk on 20% of their short trips, I?d be delighted.? Read more.

But let’s be realistic: Change can take years. On the other hand, it has a way of feeding on itself. Watch this video about Boulder, one of America?s most bike-friendly cities, and how it got to be that way.

communitybikerideFor those who want to do more reading on creating bike-friendly communities, the West Windsor library has a copy of Jeff Mapes? Pedaling Revolution. Read rock icon and cyclist David Byrne?s review.

Several members pointed out the NPR interview with David Byrne, who has a book of his own out. In Bicycle Diaries, he shares the thoughts, adventures and observations he’s experienced while cycling through some of the world’s major cities.

Finally, read about a heavy-duty bike ride from Queens to Princeton.

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