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Below is a page from the classic children's "Dick & Jane" books popular with young readers for decades.


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The image below is early 20th Century advertising for Wonder bicycles by Francisco Tamagno.

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Click here for the Bike Writers Collective "Bill of Rights."
Also, here's a link to Please Be Kind to Cyclists Awareness Project.



Please email if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.
Michael Lander



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readingroom7aRead Your Way to Becoming a Better Cyclist

Even though it takes a lot of time on a bike to get better & faster, it is also important to take the time to read about cycling to become even better & smarter while you're at it. The axiom that "knowledge is power" and the "more you read, the more you know" is as true for cycling as it is for anything else.  While there is plenty of material to sift through or peruse either on-line or in hard copy, for years Magazines were the most popular means to learn about cycling and the favorite among cyclists has been Bicycling Magazine, Adventure Cyclist Magazine and Outdoor Magazine.

readingroom4 When it comes to Books on Cycling, this is a very small & abbreviated list of some that are worth taking the time to read:
* Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills:  Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, & Safer by Ed Pavelka
* Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist Handbook by Ben Hewitt
* The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling by Edmund R. Burke & Ed Pavelka

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* The Big Book of Bicycling:  Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike to Riding Your Best by Emily Furia
* The Practical Cyclist:  Bicycling for Real People by Chip Haynes
* The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel
For those who would prefer to surf the Internet instead, the Top Websites for cycling are:
http://www.bicycling.com/
http://www.bikemag.com/
http://www.cyclesportmag.com/ . If you'd like to know more about organizations that promote cycling for transportation & recreation, check out League of American Bicyclists, PeopleForBikes.org, the European Cyclists' Federation, Boston Cyclist Union, the pedestrian & bicycle information center - bicyclinginfo.org, iamtraffic.org, cyclingsavvy.org & America's bicycle travel experts - Adventure Cycling Association.

City of Memphis Initiatives & Plans
If you would like to know more about walking & biking advocacy initiatives of Livable Memphis (an organization committed to promoting healthy growth in the Memphis Region, you can go to their website:  http://www.livablememphis.org/. readingroom6a
If you also want to know what the Long-range plans for pedestrians & cyclists in the City of Memphis are, you can go to the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) website. This site will give you the details of what is in the future for pedestrians, cyclists, walkers, and runners in Memphis. For additional information, here is a link to the City of Memphis Draft Bicycle Design Guide, the Memphis Bicycle Design Manual & the Memphis Bike Share Feasibility Study.

Cycling Around the World
Interested in reading about people riding bikes around the world? If so, here are some who are attempting it: Tyler & Tara, Eric & Amaya & Tim Travis. For those who are a little less ambitious or inclined to ride around the world, the Adventure Cycling Association has a website that may help you in exploring the landscapes & history of America for fitness, fun, & self-discovery.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Data
For those who are curious, and want to know more about the scope and magnitude of bicycle & pedestrian activity, & the public's behavior & attitudes toward both, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a website with detailed information on that topic. This data was collected as part of a national survey that they sponsored along with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In addition to that, NHTSA also has a Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center with data, resources, planning & design & more.

Regardless of whatever it is that you decide to read, the most important thing is to spend enough time doing it and trying to learn as much as you can in the process. Any time that is invested in reading will likely help to avoid finding something out the hard way. After that, there really is no better substitute than just getting out on the road & putting into practice what you have read about. In the end, first-hand experience will often teach you things that you'd never find in print and it is rarely ever as much fun as a bike ride can be.

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Classic Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog advertisements from the turn of the 20th Century.