Biking Uphill in the Rain
The Story of Seattle from behind the Handlebars
- PUBLISHED: September 2023
- SUBJECT LISTING: Pacific Northwest / History, Sports
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 256 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 10 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295751580
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Seattle was recently named the best bike city in the United States by Bicycling magazine. How did this notoriously hilly and rainy city become so inviting to bicyclists? And what challenges lie ahead for Puget Sound bike advocates? Tom Fucoloro, a leading voice on bike issues in the region, blends his longtime reporting with new interviews and archival research to tell the story of how a flourishing bike culture emerged despite the obstacles of climate, topography, and—most importantly—an entrenched, car-centric urban landscape and culture. From the arrival of the first bicycles in the late nineteenth century to the bike-share entrepreneurs of the present day, the result is a unique perspective on Seattle's history and its future. Advocates, policy makers, city planners, and bike enthusiasts around the world can learn plenty from the successes and failures of this city's past 130 years. More than just a mode of transportation, the bicycle has been used by generations of Seattleites as a tool for social change. Biking Uphill in the Rain documents the people and projects that made a difference and reveals just how deeply intertwined transportation is with politics, public health, climate change, and racial justice.
Authors & Contributors
Tom Fucoloro is founder of Seattle Bike Blog (seattlebikeblog.com) and has served as its editor since 2010. He was named one of "15 People Who Should Really Run Seattle" by Seattle Met magazine.
"The most informative and definitive history of bicycles and the bike movement in Seattle."-
"Tom Fucoloro's new book explores the good, the bad, and the sometimes shocking history of Seattle's bike culture."-
"A journalist's eye and personal enthusiasm make this look at the history, culture, and contemporary politics of bicycling in Seattle a fun, fascinating read that will make you want to get on your bike and explore the city—while organizing to keep making local transportation better, safer, and more equitable."- Elly Blue, author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy
"Weaving together history, personal anecdotes, politics, and a passion for the road, Tom Fucoloro opens our eyes to the incredible story of bicycling in Seattle, showing how everyone benefits from more bikes on the road and inspiring us to ride."- David B. Williams, author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City
"In this engaging book, Fucoloro tells the two-wheeled story of Seattle as a real, messy place. Too often, bicycle histories leave aside race as a factor shaping our cities, when in reality our wicked problem of car-centered infrastructure and culture emerged in racially segregated societies under white supremacist governance. By showing how colonial violence and the struggle for civil rights shaped one American city's streets, Fucoloro suggests how to reclaim the people power potential of the bicycle from its more recent role as a symbol of urban gentrification and displacement."- Adonia Lugo, author of Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance