Evan Friss’s new book Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) traces the colorful and fraught history of cycling in New York City.
Subways and yellow taxis may be the icons of New York transportation, but it is the bicycle that has the longest claim to New York’s streets: two hundred years and counting. Never without controversy: 1819 was the year of the city’s first bicycle and its first bicycle ban. Debates around the bicycle’s place in city life have been so persistent not just because of its many uses ― recreation, sport, transportation, business ― but because of changing conceptions of who cyclists are. [Read more…] about A 200 Year History of Cycling in NYC