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Bike Boom



The Future of Cycling as a Mode of Transportation

In This Episode:

[01:59] Guest Carlton Reid is introduced.

[02:49] Carlton explains the history of the bike boom.

[07:24] Carlton tells why there was a bike boom in the early ’70s.

[09:18] Carlton talks about cycling as a mode of transportation, not just for recreation.

[10:32] Carlton informs us of the degree to which bicycling is popular in the U.S.

[13:07] Carlton addresses the percentage of modal sharing in the Netherlands compared to the U.S.

[14:34] Carlton discusses having the bicycle infrastructure be more favored than the auto infrastructure.

[19:58] Carlton mentions his support for cycleways.

[22:05] Carlton gives his thoughts on the unpopularity of cycling among women, ethnic minorities, and the urban poor.

[24:21] Carlton addresses Mike’s comment about the trend that may reverse the number of cars on the road and individual car ownership.

[27:20] Carlton answers the question, what is the future of biking?

Guest and Organization:

Carlton Reid is executive editor of BikeBiz magazine and is writing a book about the recent history of roads. He is author of Roads Were Not Built For Cars and Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling. He also writes adventure travel articles for publications such as National Geographic Traveller and The Guardian – his forte is cycle touring. Founder and rider-manager of the first ever British mountain bike team – which competed in the World Championships in France in 1987 –Reid was inducted into the MBUK Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2008, one of the first 20 inductees. He has ridden solo in the Sahara and Kalahari deserts and, from his mountain bike in 1994, he researched the first guidebook to Lebanon since the end of that country’s civil war.

A digital native, Reid’s then one-man website tied for second with in theEuropean Online Journalism Awards of 2000. Working for the Bicycle Association of Great Britain he also commissioned the world’s first cycle-specific 3D satellite navigation, which has since been through a number of upgrades and can now direct cyclists on bike paths via beeps and wrist-buzzes on the Apple Watch.

Take Away Quotes:

“I would say the book is very much more interested in the advocacy side of cycling, the getting around as an everyday form of transport form of cycling, because at the end of the day, that’s actually what keeps cycling afloat.”

“Cities who want to increase their cycling modal share have, pretty much, got to bite the bullet and restrict the use of motoring.”

“It’s inescapable that many communities don’t see the bicycle as an aspirational form of transport; it’s very much the opposite of an aspirational form of transport. The white, hipster cycling thing is a thing because it’s genuinely a thing. Cycling, for some strange reason, now is this relatively middle-class, white activity.”


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