Saturday March 13th we have the pleasure of hearing Jeff Mapes, author of Pedaling Revolution. Biking is becoming a revolution as cyclists and cars vie for road space. Our dependence on fossil fuels has been a contributing factor to the mess in the Middle East, air pollution and a variety of ills. Health care costs are soaring through the roof, with one of the contributing factors being the sedentary nature of Americans. Mapes, an Oregonian reporter, is trying with his marvelous book to lure you out and onto your bikes. From Amsterdam to New York to San Francisco to Portland Oregon people are getting out of their cars and onto their bikes. Mapes cycles with evident glee in Amsterdam where bikes rule. How much healthier would the air quality become (and subsequently the people) if most of the commuting to and from work in cities involved biking? Mapes compares the cycling culture in Europe to the US, highlights individuals, and gives us glimpses of the high cost of our car oriented culture. He casts a reporter’s eye on environmental factors, political issues, health and safety. This is a well researched book that anyone interested in bikes should find interesting. Here in Sunriver, with our mils of bike trails, we are in favor of commuting by bike. The weather is heading into spring, this is the perfect event to get us all primed to hop on our bikes! (booksense)
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