Jul 152023

For obvious reasons (if you know what my professional life has been since 2012, that is) these types of books take up a fair amount of shelf space at my house and occupy memory on my e-reader. Buy these at your local bookstore if you can! Links below may go to Bookshop.org; I’ll donate any incidental affiliate income to organizations that advocate for safe, accessible biking and walking for all. The link goes to the publisher’s site if the book is still available from them for direct order and I couldn’t find it on Bookshop.

As I review this list I’m realizing yet again what a fantastic opportunity I’ve had through my life as an advocate and professional to meet quite a few of these authors. If you can’t be out on your bike, reading about how to make bicycling better for all isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. Happy paging and pedaling!

Update note on adding books: When I share this post I receive suggestions for titles and I’m adding those at the bottom of the list. Some are bike-adjacent and I’m not trying to build an exhaustive list on urban planning issues generally. I’m adding ones on topics that can provide additional context for planning more bikeable and bike-friendly networks and places for people of any age or ability to ride with more comfort and safety.

Updated July 17, 2023 and July 20, 2023, thanks to comments on the post and on Mastodon.

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Reader Comments

  1. Thanks for that suggestion, Iain! You’re right, and I realized it’s because it’s in the pile waiting to be read and not on the shelf I looked at to compile the list. I’ll add it.

  2. Thank you for your book list. You did not include Jessie Singer “There are no accidents” discussing the rise of the Industrial Age/capitalism at expenses of safety of pedestrians & cyclist. Unfortunately in Australia we are following US with large SUV, white line bike lanes, and recently removal of protected bike lanes as impacts vehicle parking.

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