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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." --amazon.com
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
Dewey number
303.48320973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Discovering America
Label
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life, Margaret Guroff
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2016
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky291825669
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781477315873
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
ak 07/18
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white).
Label
The mechanical horse : how the bicycle reshaped American life, Margaret Guroff
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2016
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
sky291825669
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781477315873
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
ak 07/18
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white).

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