The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City - ECW Press

The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking in the City

Bambrick, Yvonne

  • City cycling made simple

    North America’s cities have long been the domain of the car, but thanks to the undeniable benefits of active transport, bicycles have an increasing presence in the urban landscape. Yet our cities weren’t designed for bicycles, making for intimidating, and sometimes dangerous, environments for cyclists.

    The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is an accessible, straight-forward pocket guide that helps cyclists new to the urban environment negotiate all the challenges, obstacles, and rules — spoken and unspoken — that come with sharing the roads. From picking the bike that’s right for you to smart riding strategies, tips for drivers, and bike maintenance, Cycle Toronto founding executive director Yvonne Bambrick is your trusted guide.

    With illustrations to help clarify even the trickiest bike situation, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is an indispensible, attractive set of training wheels that can make anyone a confident, joyful city rider.


    Yvonne Bambrick was the founding executive director of the Toronto Cyclists Union (now Cycle Toronto) and is currently working as an independent urban cycling consultant, event photographer, and coordinator of the Forest Hill Village Business Improvement Area.

    Marc Ngui is a Toronto based professional creator. He studied architecture at the University of Waterloo and has pursued his passion for drawing and visualization across a wide variety of activities including illustration, comics, storyboards, animation, production design, scenic painting, videography and contemporary art exhibitions. He is one half of the eutopian art duo HappySleepy with partner Magda Wojtyra.

  • Published: March 2015

    ISBN: 9781770412187

    Dimensions: 5 x 8 in.

    Pages: 224


"This excellent guide provides real, practical cycling advice that is clear, easy to follow, and obviously based on experience." — Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists

"The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is a comprehensive, yet easy to read book that will enlighten you about all things urban cycling. Yvonne Bambrick is the perfect guide for any beginner cyclist, and by the end of the book you will surely be ready and excited to jump into a life changing adventure of riding a bicycle through your city." — Mia Kohout, CEO & editor-in-chief of Momentum Mag

"Yvonne Bambrick has written the definitive book for the urban cyclist. Whether you're in Austin, Texas, or Calgary, Alberta, she’s managed to cover the essentials for transportation cycling for the beginner as well as the veteran. Easy to read, well organized — it’s my new favorite book on cycling." — Robin Stallings, executive director of Bike Texas

“With commuting costs climbing and environmental damage from car emissions increasing, cycling is becoming a more attractive form of urban transportation every day. In her charming book, renowned cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick provides accessible and inspiring information on how we can get out of our cars and onto our bikes safely, thereby improving not only our communities but our own lives too.” — Dr. Faisal Moola, Ph.D., David Suzuki Foundation

“Yvonne Bambrick has written a book that will be loved — and well used — by cyclists of all ages. Her perspective gained as a result of her years as a cycling advocate offers rich context for this terrific book. The Urban Cycling Survival Guide will help cyclists not just survive, but thrive!” — Eleanor McMahon, MPP (Burlington), former CEO and Founder of Share the Road Cycling Coalition

"The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is a great primer for riding in the city. Even riders who are comfortable navigating traffic could learn something from a writer who’s thought about the nuances of city cycling." — Canadian Cycling Magazine

“Naturally, new, and potential cyclists will get the most from this book, and it starts right from the beginning by focusing on how to pick out the right ride. But there’s enough here to appeal to seasoned cyclists, too, so whether you’re a Lycra-clad commuter or a weekend warrior, you’ll probably walk away wiser than before, particularly due to the book’s breadth.” — Village Living Magazine

"Yvonne Bambrick’s highly readable and informative compact survival guide skillfully illustrated by Marc Ngui speaks effectively to the challenges for cyclists (and drivers and pedestrians) as we get used to sharing the right-of-way." — Ken Greenberg, urban designer and author of Walking Home

"The Urban Cycling Survival Guide is packed with useful tips and tricks, particularly for those new to urban cycling." — Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet

“This book is like the act of riding a bike itself: easy, efficient, and fun. Essential reading for anyone contemplating cycling in a city — and for anyone already doing it." — David Miller, Toronto mayor (2003–2010) and avid environmentalist

“From wearing a skirt or dress shoes to picking a bike to riding safely in traffic, The Urban Cycling Survival Guide breaks the basics of cycling down into manageable and understandable chunks helpful to novices and experienced cyclists. This is cycling for the every-person.” — Gabe Klein, former commissioner of Chicago and Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation and member of the NACTO Strategic Advisory Board

"This modern guide is filled with great advice that will help people become more confident and educated bike riders. For all libraries." — Library Journal

"Urban cycling is not an overwhelming, insurmountable task or a niche interest for elite cyclists. It is a doable and even enjoyable pursuit! Bambrick's passion and enthusiasm made me confident I could be a better cyclist, and The Urban Cycling Survival Guide showed me how." —