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David Fiedler

John Forester's Vehicular Cycling Being Reprinted

By January 24, 2013

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John Forester, vehicular cycling advocate.John Forester is one of the most influential voices shaping how cycling is represented and understood in modern society. His book Effective Cycling was first published in 1993 and helped establish the principle that that cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

Now, MIT Press is re-releasing Effective Cycling on the 20th anniversary of its publication, smartly aiming for May 18 -- National Bike to Work Day -- to roll out the new edition.

Forester has been a polarizing figure in the cycling world.  His criticism of bike lanes, for instance, as a tool to marginalize cyclists and treat them as children by showing them where they can (and cannot) ride has lead to some controvery as you might imagine in the world of bike advocacy.  Regardless, there are few people who have had greater influence on practical cycling (for transport, as opposed to racing or pure exercise/recreation) than John Forester.

Follow this link to read our interview with John Forester, where he talks about his work and the principles of vehicular cycling.

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