By Zack Furness
Even if thousands of individuals within the usa like to journey bicycles for workout or relaxation, facts express that just one in keeping with cent of the whole U.S. inhabitants trip bicycles for transportation - and infrequently part as many use motorcycles to trip to paintings. In his unique and intriguing ebook, "One much less Car", Zack Furness examines what it skill traditionally, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist. proposing an underground tradition of motorbike fanatics who aggressively withstand vehicle tradition, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories among mobility, know-how, city area and daily life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, substitute media creation (e.g., 'zines), in addition to to the advance of group courses through the international. "One much less motor vehicle" additionally positions the bicycle as an item with which to investigate and critique many of the dominant cultural and political formations within the U.S. - or even breaks down boundaries of race, category and gender privilege which are interconnected to mobility. For Furness, bicycles not just free up humans from expertise, in addition they help social and environmental justice. So, he asks, why will not be extra american citizens adopting them for his or her transportation wishes?
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In his discussion of radio listening as a cultural practice, Sterne points to a 1925 Brandes radio headset advertisement to suggest that the appeal of the device presumed a high level of intuitive knowledge about the act of listening itself. In short, one would not want to purchase a radio headset unless one already had a disposition toward radio listening that privileged domesticity, privacy, and the desire for technologically reproduced music— all of which were learned. 20 Thus, the headset—like the radio before it—crystallized a specific set of cultural dispositions and assumptions regarding the use and value of technologies, as well as the listener him- or herself.
153 James McGurn makes an analogous point about class tensions that sprung from the intrusion of cyclists into German neighborhoods; he recalls the biting commentary of Wilhelm Wolf’s cycling guide, published in 1890: Which cyclist does not have daily experience, especially when riding through city suburbs breathed on by Social Democracy, of unruly urchins dancing about in front of his wheel, throwing sticks and stones, being foul-mouthed and more besides. 154 Cycling required an extensive ordering of spaces and geographies: it was a means of taming both the “unruly urchins” of city streets and the unruliness of the landscape itself, whether by default or design.
57 We often take these processes for granted because they are such familiar and mundane aspects of automotive transportation, but the following sections explore how they were, in fact, first articulated through the practice of cycling. Specifically, I look at how bicyclists were essentially produced, or taught to physically act in accordance with a set of ideas about the bicycle and mobility itself. ”59 The centaur metaphor is fitting when one considers the frequent comparisons made between bicycles and horses in the period but it is also instructive inasmuch as it illustrates a changing set of values in the United States regarding animal and mechani- 24 • CHAPTER 2 cal mobilities.