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The Resource The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life, Margaret Guroff

The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life, Margaret Guroff

Label
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life
Title
The mechanical horse
Title remainder
how the bicycle reshaped American life
Statement of responsibility
Margaret Guroff
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
With cities across the country adding miles of bike lanes and building bike-share stations, bicycling is enjoying a new surge of popularity in America. It seems that every generation or two, Americans rediscover the freedom of movement, convenience, and relative affordability of the bicycle. The earliest two-wheeler, the draisine, arrived in Philadelphia in 1819 and astonished onlookers with the possibility of propelling themselves "like lightning." Two centuries later, the bicycle is still the fastest way to cover ground on gridlocked city streets. Filled with lively stories, The Mechanical Horse reveals how the bicycle transformed American life. As bicycling caught on in the nineteenth century, many of the country's rough, rutted roads were paved for the first time, laying a foundation for the interstate highway system. Cyclists were among the first to see the possibilities of self-directed, long-distance travel, and some of them (including a fellow named Henry Ford) went on to develop the automobile. Women shed their cumbersome Victorian dresses-- as well as their restricted gender roles-- so they could ride. And doctors recognized that aerobic exercise actually benefits the body, which helped to modernize medicine. Margaret Guroff demonstrates that the bicycle's story is really the story of a more mobile America-- one in which physical mobility has opened wider horizons of thought and new opportunities for people in all avenues of life
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Cataloging source
TxU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Guroff, Margaret
Dewey number
303.48/320973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TL410
LC item number
.G78 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Discovering America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bicycles
  • Cycling
Label
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life, Margaret Guroff
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223114751770
  • 31223114751788
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of the bike -- The need for speed -- The wheel, the woman, and the human body -- Paving the way for cars -- From producers to consumers -- The infinite highway of the air -- The cycles of war -- The king of the neighborhood -- The great American bicycle boom -- Bike messengers, tourists, and mountain bikers -- Are we there yet?
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780292743625
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2015033562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 920683238
  • (OCoLC)920683238
Label
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life, Margaret Guroff
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223114751770
  • 31223114751788
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of the bike -- The need for speed -- The wheel, the woman, and the human body -- Paving the way for cars -- From producers to consumers -- The infinite highway of the air -- The cycles of war -- The king of the neighborhood -- The great American bicycle boom -- Bike messengers, tourists, and mountain bikers -- Are we there yet?
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9780292743625
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2015033562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 920683238
  • (OCoLC)920683238

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