Urban Cycling book party at Peddler Brewing Company

Peddler Brewing Company (Ballard: 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facebook event page

“Urban Cycling: How to Get to Work, Save Money, and Use Your Bike for City Living”

BOOK PARTY…THIS TIME WITH ACCESS TO BEER! Peddler Brewing Company is generously opening their doors on a normally dark night to let us hang out! Bring your kids, bring your questions about biking in the city, bring food (no food truck scheduled on this JUST-FOR-US!!! night at the brewery, but I’ll bring lotsa snacks) and let’s talk Urban Cycling! I’d love to read some passages from the book to you if everyone is in the mood to listen, but if it’s too hectic with kids throwing cornhole bean bags at one another and adults toasting loudly, I’ll just accost you all with biking anecdotes one-on-one or in small groups as best I can.

Yes, I will have books for sale!
Several friends have asked me where they can buy my books to maximize the number of pennies I take home. THIS WAY! FROM ME! But if you already have a copy or want to order from somewhere online or buy from a walk-in bookstore before 11/24, bring it in if you want it signed.

Too big to stuff in a traditional-sized stocking, but “Urban Cycling” makes a great gift nonetheless! I’ll have free gift wrapping available at the event, provided by my friends at The Bikery (who will have a tip jar with your donations funding their awesome bike kitchen). I’ll also have zipper-seal plastic food storage bags so your book(s) will stay dry even if the weather turns on us.

“Urban Cycling: How to Get to Work, Save Money, and Use Your Bike for City Living”
ISBN: 978-1-59485-943-4
Mountaineers Books

About the book:
Bicycle commuting is growing by leaps and bounds, especially among women. For many prospective bike commuters, simply seeing a bicyclist cruise past their car or bus while stuck in heavy traffic is enough to inspire a change. But many novice bike commuters crave a manual. The largest percentage of would-be bicycle commuters falls in the “Interested But Concerned” category–they have questions about rules of the road, fears about traffic, or uncertainty about how to get started. Urban Cycling is the easy-to-navigate resource that answers it all!

Author, advocate, and urban-cycler extraordinaire Madi Carlson provides accessible and appealing guidance, giving even the most hesitant bicyclist all the tools she needs to join the cycling community. Carlson details everything from choosing a bike and gear accessories to safe riding techniques, city cycling infrastructure to route planning, and multi-modal commuting to basic maintenance. She also discusses legal issues around urban biking and commuting with children. Illustrations and diagrams of various bicycle facilities and traffic situations help show readers what is expected in each, while photographs demonstrate gear essentials and riding techniques. Tips, personal anecdotes, and profiles of bike commuters and cycling organizations from around the country provide additional advice and inspiration.

About the Author:
Madi Carlson is the Board President of Familybike Seattle, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bicycling as a means for moving towards sustainable lifestyles and communities. She is the co-founder and ride leader of Critical Lass Seattle, an easy social ladies’ group-ride for new and experienced bicyclists, and Director of Seattle’s Kidical Mass organization, a monthly ride for families. She is also a volunteer Cascade Bicycle Club ride leader and a graduate of CBC’s “Advocate Leadership Institutes.” While primarily a transportation bicyclist, Madi enjoys racing cyclocross, utilizing cargo bikes, and participating in all-women alleycats. Madi bikes all over the Emerald City, both alone and with her two small children, and has been profiled in the Associated Press, Outdoors NW magazine, CoolMom, and ParentMap, and she has contributed to Everyday Bicycling by Elly Blue (see competing/comparable titles, below). When not busy pedaling or encouraging others to pedal, she writes for Seattle Bike Blog as its Staff Family Cycling Expert and works with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to advocate for safe and healthy streets.


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