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BOOK REVIEW: The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

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If you haven’t picked up Yvonne Bambrick’s new book “The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need to know skills & strategies for biking in the city“, then you need to. Here’s why:

1) It looks fantastic

The front of the book (above) is great and colourful, but there are also wondeful illustrations inside by Mark Ngui. From a list of bike parts that help people get to know their bike (below), but also illustrations of streets, bikelanes, and chapter titles.


2) It’s comprehensive

Yvonne has done a fantastic job including everything an urban cyclist would need to know how to get around a city by bike. It has all the regular things that a “how-to” book has (how to buy a bike, basic maintenance, equipment and common cycling setbacks), but also amazing additions like cycling as a senior, cycling with kids, exercises and yoga for cyclists.

One piece I noticed and really appreciated as a husband and father is Yvonne’s attention and advice to women, including how to stay safe or get out of situations that feel dangerous. It’s something that books by men don’t pay attention to.

3) It’s local

While Yvonne uses knowledge and references resources from across North America (and a little of Europe), Yvonne (as well as the publisher, ECW Press) is based here in Toronto.

If you are new to Toronto, or to cycling, you may not know that Yvonne was the first Executive Director of Cycle Toronto (then known as the Toronto Cyclists Union) and is currently an urban cycling consultant, so she has the knowledge and skills to write a book like this.

4) It’s affordable

The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is only 16.95. It’s almost criminal to not charge more for such a good collection of information.

Buy it via ECW Press: http://ecwpress.com/urbancycling

Buy it from Indigo: The Urban Cycling Survival Guide
Buy it from Amazon: The Urban Cycling Survival Guide

BUT, even better: go to your local book store and pick up a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

Shop local, bike local.