Everything but socks: Here are our top Christmas gifts

Everything but socks: Here are our top Christmas gifts

In just a few weeks its’s already Christmas again – about time to buy or prepare the last presents for family and friends. Are you all set? In case you are still struggling to find easy gifts that are more meaningful than socks, we have a few ideas for you. Of course our suggestions relate to sustainable mobility. Today is all about books and bicycles:


Book cover Velotopia – Steven Fleming (2017)

Velotopia – Steven Fleming (2017)

Could cycling actually become a key organizing principle for future urban growth and the design of new buildings? What would cities designed for cycling look like and feel like? What is needed to make the perfect cycling city?

In Velotopia: The Production of Cyclespace in Our Minds and Our Cities, architectural theorist and historian Steven Fleming, a leading international figure in bicycle urbanism and author of the bestselling Cycle Space (2013), argues that the best-connected cities in the future will be those that put cycling before walking and public transport. According to Fleming, cities organized around cycling will be greener and healthier, but also fairer and more accessible than today's cities--more productive, comfortable, social and fun. In this volume, Fleming dares readers to think big, to radically reimagine cities and city life around movement on two wheels.


Book cover Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World – Peter Walker

Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World – Peter Walker (2017)

A revolution on the roads is approaching. Is it time for drivers to Give Way? Guardian news correspondent, Peter Walker, takes us on a journey around the world, exploring the varying attitudes to cycling on our highways.

Visit the shining examples of Amsterdam and Copenhagen, where cycling culture is an intrinsic part of the approach of politicians and officials. How have these cities made provision for cyclists and what are the extraordinary benefits?

And then take to the less welcoming roads of Britain, USA and Australia, where cycling can still be a terrifying experience. What are the tragic mistakes being made when planning and developing cities, and how do these mistakes lead to aggression towards the cycling community?

Millions of us find ourselves frustrated by the motor mentality and fighting for our rights to ride. This brilliant, shocking investigation will prepare you with all you need to know to confidently claim your place on the road.


Book cover Urban Revolutions: A Woman’s Guide to Two-Wheeled Transportation – Emilie Bahr (2016)

Urban Revolutions: A Woman’s Guide to Two-Wheeled Transportation – Emilie Bahr (2016)

Urban Revolutions is a different kind of cycling book. Author Emilie Bahr draws on her own experience as an everyday cyclist and a transportation planner in New Orleans to demystify urban bicycling in this visually-compelling and fun-to-read field guide. What does it mean for a city to be bike-friendly? What makes bicycling a women's issue? What does it take to feel safe on a bike? How do you bike to work in the summer and still look professional? What is the most fun you can possibly have on two wheels without having to become an athlete?

Bahr answers all these questions and more in her friendly and thoughtful essays and detailed practical tips.


The SUTP team further recommends:

  • Planning for Sustainable Mobility: Implications of Cycling Development in Hong Kong – Ching-yan Cheung (2017)
  • Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling – Carlton Reid (2017)
  • Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for all? Aaron Golub, Melody L. Hoffmann, Adonia E. Lugo, Gerardo F. Sandoval (Ed.) (2016)
  • Cycling Futures: From Research into Practice – Regine Gerike; John Parkin (2015)
  • Bicycle Sharing 101: Getting the Wheels Turning – Bradley Schroeder (2014)
  • Bikenomics: How Cycling Can Save the Economy – Elly Blue (2013)
  • Cycle Infrastructure – Stefan Bendiks (2013)
  • Cycle Space – Steven Fleming (2013)
  • Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing – Luis Vivanco (2013)
  • Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne (2010)
  • Planning for Cycling: Principles, Practice and Solutions for Urban Planners – H McClintock (Ed.) (2002)


Still can’t decide on a gift? Just wait a few more days – then we’ll share some more ideas with you.

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