Jeff Mapes’ Talk on YouTube

This five part YouTube series is from a talk given by author and journalist Jeff Mapes at Flying Pigeon LA bike shop on Saturday, May 30, 2009.

Jeff Mapes, a regular contributor at The Oregonian, took a year off from reporting work and wrote an excellent book, “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities“, on the growing grassroots efforts to remake America‚Äôs roads and cities into more bike-friendly places.

Flying Pigeon LA hosts semi-regular talks and presentations on a variety of urban planning, transit, and sustainability issues. This talk was named “Pigeon Politburo w. Jeff Mapes“.

Part 1 through 3 contain Mapes’ talk. Parts 4 and 5 are from the ~26 minute Q & A at the end of the talk. Some of the questions asked of Mapes during the Q&A:

  • Moving sofas
  • Earl Blumenaur, Mia Burke and Boston’s Mayor
  • Political fallout for pro-bike pols and planners
  • Growing bike culture
  • If City Hall shuts us down, what should we do?

Flying Pigeon LA is a retailer of Flying Pigeon, Batavus, Gazelle, Pashley, and Torker brand bicycles (among others) – the shop specializes in bicycles and accessories for “slow cycling” as a lifestyle and fashion statement (which we find it is in the U.S.).

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