Books for inspiration

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow
Written by the former NYC Transportation commissioner who built miles upon miles of bicycle lanes, reclaimed roads for people via pocket plazas (and even large plazas – Times Square, for ex). Chock full of great diagrams, pictures and a description of what it’s like designing from the city’s POV. A great read!

Walkable City: How Downtown can save America One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck
We at Cambridge Bicycle Safety want a city that’s safe for ALL users (hence we endorse a book with “walkable” not “bikable” city), and this is an amazing book by an urban designer that includes a healthy amount of data and anecdotal evidence. It’s a highly engaging read that will leave you wondering why everyone doesn’t just implement better street design. Also, note – there’s a great chapter on parking.