In The City of Bikes by Pete Jordan

In The City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist

by Pete Jordan

So this guy Pete Jordan used to write a zine called "Dishwasher" all about, you know, washing dishes in restaurants. And then he became a zine success story and got a book deal and wrote a book called Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States, and it did great and sold a lot of copies and got good reviews and nobody who's read it has ever been able to think about dishwashing in the same way again. Thanks, Pete.

So then he moved to the Netherlands. He fell in love with Amsterdam, and he wrote this new book, In the City of Bikes, all about the city's amazing history and culture, all from a bicycle eye view, starting with the original golden age of cycling in the 1890s, through the Nazi occupation and the rise of car culture, through the citizen activism that led to re-investment in cycling, to the present day, where two (and three) wheeled human-powered vehicles rule the roads. 

Pete talks about his own discovery of and life in the iconic Dutch city of bikes alongside its cycling history. Read this if you've ever wondered why bicycling comes so naturally in Amsterdam and seems so difficult in your own town. You might just find that your world could change, too.