We’re a bit late for Book Lovers Day, which was August 9, but we didn’t want to let the occasion go by without updating our list of our favorite books about bicycles. All links are to the respective Amazon pages, so if you decide to buy, please go to smile.amazon.com and set Texas Bicycle Coalition (that’s us!) as your beneficiary first! You’ll get a great read and BikeTexas will get a portion of the profits from the sale.
Because I Could Not Stop My Bike and Other Poems, by Karen Jo Shapiro & Matt Faulkner
Definitely for the kids, but if you’re an adult who loves famous poems, it’s good for a giggle or two. Be warned that only one poem is actually about a bike.
The Bikeable Church, by Sean Benesh
Wish your church were more bike-friendly? Get ideas here. Also by Sean Benesh: The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling.
City Cycling, by John Pucher & Ralph Buehler
More research-oriented, this book is full of key information to take to your city officials. Great reference for advocates. Dr. Pucher was the speaker at our Shifting Gears Lecture Series during the 2013 legislative session.
Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, by Mia Burk
Ride along with Portland’s former bicycle coordinator as she recounts the journey to make Portland one of the best bicycling cities in the U.S.
Roads Were Not Built for Cars, by Carlton Reid
A great look at the history of how people who rode bikes were the ones who first got the roads built.
The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, by Yvonne Bambrick
Our own Robin Stallings provided the cover quote for this excellent book that covers all the basics!
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom, by Sue Macy
A short, easy read about the role the bicycle played in the women’s suffrage movement. This book is a good one for kids, too.