Recomendações Literárias

Nestas férias li dois livros que envolvem bicicletas e parece-me que não é má ideia ter um tópico para dar mais visibilidade a livros interessantes.

Our dependence on cars is damaging our health — and the planet’s. Movement asks radical questions about how we approach the biggest urban problem, reflecting on the apparent successes of Dutch cities.

Making our communities safer, cleaner, and greener starts with asking the fundamental question: who do our streets belong to?

Although there have been experiments in decreasing traffic in city centres, and an increase in bike-friendly infrastructure in the UK, there is still a long way to go.

In this enlightening and provocative book, Thalia Verkade and Marco te Brömmelstroet confront their own underlying beliefs and challenge us to rethink our ideas about transport to put people at the centre of urban design.

Achei muito interessante como a Holanda, apesar de ter ciclovias por todo o lado, continua a ter uma mentalidade muito focada no carro e é interessante ver a autora a aperceber-se disso e a aprender várias coisas sobre design do espaço público.

‘I was 54, overweight, out of condition and I wobbled slightly on my unfamiliar bicycle.’

When ex-headmistress Anne Mustoe gave up her job, bought a bike and took to the road, she couldn’t even mend a puncture. 12,000 miles and 15 months later, she was home.
Her epic solo journey took her around the world, through Europe, India, the Far East and the United States. From Thessaloniki to Uttar Pradesh, from Chumphon to Singapore, she faced downpours, blizzards and blistering deserts, political turmoil and amorous waiters – alternated with great kindness from strangers along the way.

Bastante inspirador para quem gostaria de fazer viagens maiores de bicicleta como basta vontade, tempo e algum dinheiro para dar uma volta ao mundo. É também impressionante ver que a quantidade de machismo e de pessoas prestáveis são ambas altas por esse mundo fora.

Ela tem mais livros, o seguinte parece ser mais detalhado sobre os problemas e soluções que encontra na estrada mas ainda não o li.

Há outros livros que tenciono ler mas fica para já ficam estes dois, se tiverem outros livros partilhem também.

5 Curtiram

Tb estou a ler o Movement.

Do Bromelstroet há esta espécie de livro q acho q só está disponível em formato digital (de borla):
Essencialmente, diz o mesmo em linha com o Movement , mas sem as referências a nomes de pessoas e lugares em holandês, difíceis de reter.

3 Curtiram

Excelente ideia, a partilha de dicas de livros.

2 Curtiram

Uma boa palestra que serve de introdução ao livro.

3 Curtiram

A look at why Americans are so much more likely to suffer violent “accidents” than people in other rich countries. The author shows how poor road design, rather than bad driving, explains the persistence of car crashes and how factories use rule books and disciplinary procedures as a cheap substitute for real safety improvements.

A journalist recounts the surprising history of accidents and reveals how they’ve come to define all that’s wrong with America.

We hear it all the time: “Sorry, it was just an accident.” And we’ve been deeply conditioned to just accept that explanation and move on. But as Jessie Singer argues convincingly: There are no such things as accidents. The vast majority of mishaps are not random but predictable and preventable. Singer uncovers just how the term “accident” itself protects those in power and leaves the most vulnerable in harm’s way, preventing investigations, pushing off debts, blaming the victims, diluting anger, and even sparking empathy for the perpetrators.

As the rate of accidental death skyrockets in America, the poor and people of color end up bearing the brunt of the violence and blame, while the powerful use the excuse of the “accident” to avoid consequences for their actions. Born of the death of her best friend, and the killer who insisted it was an accident, this book is a moving investigation of the sort of tragedies that are all too common, and all too commonly ignored.

In this revelatory book, Singer tracks accidental death in America from turn of the century factories and coal mines to today’s urban highways, rural hospitals, and Superfund sites. Drawing connections between traffic accidents, accidental opioid overdoses, and accidental oil spills, Singer proves that what we call accidents are hardly random. Rather, who lives and dies by an accident in America is defined by money and power. She also presents a variety of actions we can take as individuals and as a society to stem the tide of “accidents”—saving lives and holding the guilty to account.

3 Curtiram

Não sei se é bom ou mau, mas é de borla (PDF):

Cycling Pathways: The Politics and Governance of Dutch Cycling Infrastructure, 1920-2020

2 Curtiram

E para crianças, o que sugerem?

The Car That Wanted to be a Bike

Se essa rua fosse minha

3 Curtiram