Bicycle Diaries

Bicycle Diaries

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A round-the-world bicycle tour with one of the most original artists of our day.

Urban bicycling has become more popular than ever as recession-strapped, climate-conscious city dwellers reinvent basic transportation. In this wide-ranging memoir, artist/musician and co-founder of Talking Heads David Byrne--who has relied on a bike to get around New York City since the early 1980s--relates his adventures as he pedals through and engages with some of the world's major cities. From Buenos Aires to Berlin, he meets a range of people both famous and ordinary, shares his thoughts on art, fashion, music, globalization, and the ways that many places are becoming more bike-friendly. Bicycle Diaries is an adventure on two wheels conveyed with humor, curiosity, and humanity.

ISBN: 9780143117964
Characteristics: xii, 297 pages, [5] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,22 cm.


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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

The book is much more than a travelogue. It is a grand celebration of how people live, observed from the seat of a two-wheeler as it whisks through city streets worldwide. It is made up of meditations on art, politics, architecture, and so much more.

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May 21, 2015

A great read, and an easy one. David Byrne is both a pragmatist and very passionate about the issues of urbanism, transportation, energy, sociology, economics, etc. This book covers a huge range of subjects that all relate to bicycling in cities.
Four stars.

Mar 20, 2015

Great book that everyone should read before voting in the Transit Plebiscite...especially the last chapter on New York.

Nov 12, 2013

More of a travelog than anything else. He uses his travels to input his views on his bike philosophy. Mostly he's right on the bike culture: that more bike paths are needed for safer riding. But we're a long way off of having "safe" biking. And it's utopian to think that in the next century biking will be a major way of commuting. In America and that includes Canada, cars are just the way of life.Take the car to the corner store, buy bigger SUV's, gas it up whatever the price. They don't care. Take the bus: "no way". Ride a bike to work: " Are you out of your mind? That's kiddies stuff". Sadly, even the kiddies don't "ride" anymore. They prefer lounging with their I Pads and stuffing their faces with chips and fast food.

Sep 01, 2012

Only about 10% about cycling in urban settings. More about the cities he has visited, the cultural and arts scenes, and of course musicians and styles of music he encounters. A great read. Very engaging, especially if you remember the Talking Heads.

Jun 18, 2012

part travelogue, part philosophical musings, best of all, david byrne <3

Nov 24, 2011

Shouldn't be shelved with cycling, as there's almost no relevant content. It's really more of a wandering memoir/travelogue of the world cities Byrne has visited.

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