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One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility by Zack Furness

By Zack Furness

Even supposing thousands of individuals within the usa like to experience bicycles for workout or rest, facts convey that only one in keeping with cent of the whole U.S. inhabitants journey bicycles for transportation - and infrequently part as many use motorcycles to travel to paintings. In his unique and interesting e-book, "One much less Car", Zack Furness examines what it capability traditionally, culturally, socio economically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist. offering an underground way of life of motorcycle fans who aggressively face up to automobile tradition, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories among mobility, expertise, city house and way of life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, substitute media creation (e.g., 'zines), in addition to to the advance of group courses in the course of the global. "One much less automobile" additionally positions the bicycle as an item with which to investigate and critique a few of the dominant cultural and political formations within the U.S. - or even breaks down limitations of race, classification and gender privilege which are interconnected to mobility. For Furness, bicycles not just release humans from know-how, additionally they aid social and environmental justice. So, he asks, why usually are not extra americans adopting them for his or her transportation wishes?

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147 One can read a number of the cycling club’s practices into this political/cultural project, including their advocacy for women’s rights and their explicit coupling of gender and class politics—a notable achievement at a time when cycling clubs were dismissive of feminism and generally unfriendly, if not hostile, to female membership. ”149 In other words, the Clarion cyclists adopted a similar “fresh air” discourse promulgated by elites but they did so to argue for the radical transformation of the very conditions from which they sought refuge.

Yet Jones’s resolution, as well as a statement he made just prior to its passage, illustrates the very real need for bicyclists to grapple with this racist legacy, if for no other reason than to address the seemingly forgotten, or invisible, factors contributing to habitually low African American involvement in cycling organizations, cycle sports, and bicycle transportation more broadly. 111 Shifting Gears As noted in the previous few sections, cultural norms and discourses played a distinct role in framing the cyclist as a human/machine hybrid, a rational actor, a national figure, and a thoroughly modern individual who embodied all the characteristics of an emerging auto-mobile paradigm in the nineteenthcentury United States.

It does not have to be fed like a horse, and no one needs to be hired to take care of it. It extends greatly the region over which carpenters, masons, plumbers, or gardeners can make their work profitable, and to such it has become indispensable. 64 Bicycles offered a pragmatic alternative to this scenario as well as a technological solution that implicitly promoted the values of modernity over animal power. 65 Comparisons and contrasts drawn between the horse and the bicycle in the 1890s suggest that people not only grew more comfortable with the idea of riding a personal vehicle instead of an animal but also embraced the new form of agency produced through their relationship to, and synthesis with, their bicycles.

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