Bikenomics by Elly Blue book cover

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save The Economy

by Elly Blue

Elly Blue's Bikenomics provides a surprising and compelling new perspective on the way we get around and on how we spend our money, as families and as a society. The book starts with a look at Americans' real transportation costs, and moves on to examine the current civic costs of our transportation system. Blue tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation. The multifaceted North American bicycle movement is revealed, with its contradictions, challenges, successes, and visions.



Alissa Walker, Urbanism Editor, Gizmodo 10/29/2015

"Bikenomics will make you wonder how cities ever decided to plan for cars in the first place. Elly Blue provides practical advice for living a happier, healthier life on two wheels but also makes a compelling case for reconnecting with your community in a very authentic way. And she does it with a witty, persuasive voice that makes this refreshingly jargon-free book a pleasure to read."

Publishers Weekly 4/11/2014

"Written with the wide-eyed fervor of a true believer, Blue yearns for a future where the streets seethe with bicyclists like Seattle’s streets during a Critical Mass rally"

Publishers Weekly

Roy Christopher 3/10/2014

"From global warming and access during power outages to general health and safety, she makes a strong case for the bicycle as the best choice for getting around."

- Roy Christopher

Treehugger 12/30/2013

"Blue isn't talking about 'fixing' the economy we have right now.

Instead, she's talking about looking to a different future."

AK Streeter - Treehugger

Portland Mercury 12/30/2013

"Blue's book helped me better frame my own reasons for riding, and got me thinking a lot about what a more bike-centered future could look like.

It's a future, I realized, I'd really like to see."

Dirk VanderHart - Portland Mercury

Largehearted Boy 12/5/2013

"A cleanly-stated assessment of a complex issue."

Largehearted Boy

Fast Company 11/15/2013

"Blue's book is rational, fully footnoted--and, in the main, persuasive."

Ben Schiller - Fast Company / Exist

Peter Norton, Fighting Traffic 9/11/2013

“Elly Blue has written the Common Sense for the bicycling revolution. Like Tom Paine, Blue set out to show how truths we were raised to believe—streets are for cars, bicycling is an intrusion, cars predominate because they make economic good sense—are really assumptions that defy common sense. Bikenomics is fact-based but personal, serious but fun, well-researched but readable. It gives cycling advocates the talking points they need to show that the bicycle revolution is just common sense in action.“

JH Crawford, author of Carfree Cities 9/4/2013

"A thorough dissection of assumptions about cycling that has much to say about what streets are and who they're for."