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A Bicycle Built for Two Billion

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A bicycle built for two million

I had the pleasure of attending a talk tonight about a guy named Jamie Bianchini who rode a tandem bike around the world, and along the way he picked up strangers and invited them to ride along.

He started charities, helped towns improve their water and get schools going, and introduced people to the bicycle who had never seen one. What a great and amazing story about slowing down and making friends that cross cultural, language, and religious boundaries. Jamie is an inspiring fella.

David Byrne on Pedaling Revolution

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For a while now I've been meaning to pick up a copy of the new book by Jeff Mapes called Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities.

In today's New York Times, Talking Heads' David Byrne gives us a summary. The article, "Bike Messenger," gives Byrne's take on the new book and what it means for him, someone who has been riding a bike in NYC for 30 years. The take away is that the paradigm shift for bicycling as a more normal form of transportation will happen when more women are seen on bikes:

"As Mapes point out, when more when begin riding, that will signal a big change in the direction of safety and elegance. I can ride rill my legs are sore and it won't make riding any cooler, but when attractive women are seen sitting upright going about their city business on bikes day and night, the crowds will surely follow."

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