Biking in the City

Only just got round to reading David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries, which isn’t quite what I expected. There is stuff on cycling, but of a very particular kind, which is resolutely urban, definitely not about speed or exercise, but as a means to get around, often on folding bikes. But in many ways it’s a chance for him to discuss a whole range of topics that he’s interested in, alongside depictions of some cities. He lives in New York, but there are chapters on London, Sydney, Manila, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and San Francisco, and lots of interesting observations. It’s not a bad informal introduction to urban geographies along the way. Interest in his music definitely not required, although I might give Remain in Light or My Life in the Bush of Ghosts a play later.

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