Books about ways we can improve our environment make up a small but important part of New World Library’s list. As an acquisitions editor, I’m always looking for positive environmental book ideas.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, and other North American cities, it’s becoming more and more obvious that a quiet revolution is taking hold. Bicycle culture — once the sole province of old European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen — is exploding in places like San Francisco, Portland, New York, Minneapolis, and Vancouver. People are giving up their cars. Cities are holding car-free street festivals for walking and biking. Bikes in general are becoming a bigger part of daily life for a lot of urban dwellers.
So we’re excited to announce a new book we’ll be releasing next fall edited by Amy Walker, the copublisher and creative director of Vancouver’s Momentum magazine, tentatively titled 50 Ways Bikes Will Transform the World. Momentum covers all that’s fun and exciting about urban bike culture. It’s available online and for free at key bike and coffee shops. The book will features short pieces about such great bike-related ideas as utility bikes, long tail bikes (see my son and me on our Xtracycle above), separated bike lanes, folding bikes, and Sunday Streets. These ideas and many more are making it easier than ever to leave your car behind and live more of your life on your bike. It solves a lot of car-related environmental problems, but most of all it makes life a lot more fun. If you live in Vancouver, you can see Amy speak on a panel October 24 with legendary musician and cycling advocate David Byrne, urbanist Erick Villagomez, and the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson.
If you have an idea for Amy’s book, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.