12 September 2009

297 pages by David Byrne

Yesterday, as I locked up to one of David Byrne's bike racks, I was reminded we were just a few short days away from the release of his newest book, Bicycle Diaries

The Talking Heads front man + long-time bike advocate's book is due out on September 17th. Here's an excerpt from the press release:
As Byrne pedals through metropolises from Berlin to Buenos Aires ... he sees economics revealed in shop fronts and history in door frames. With a highly personal mixture of humor and curiosity, he records his thoughts on globalization, world music, urban planning, fashion, policy, architecture, cultural dislocation, and much more. Byrne explains why efforts to increase bicycle use may solve some of the world's pressing transportation and energy concerns, and in an appendix, offers tips on bike security, rider safety, and clothing and listings of bicycle activist organizations across the country.

And mark your calendar for the panel discussion 'Cities, Bicycles and the Future of Getting Around' on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7pm at Barnes & Noble Union Square!!! The event will feature a (seriously) stellar group of speakers:

Janette Sadik-Kahn, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation

Paul Steely White, Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

Mitchell Joachim, Professor at Columbia and Parsons

and, yes, the author himself

Sketches above via DavidByrne.com

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