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On This Day: May 21

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has celebrated May as National Bike Month. It's a time to celebrate the benefits of cycling -- environmental, health, and financial -- and to encourage more people to take up cycling. We celebrate the month with three cycling-related books from our collection.

Richard Moore: Slaying the Badger Even for those who don't ride themselves, cycling can be an exciting spectator sport. The annual Tour de France is the most prestigious cycling race, a 3-week race through France. The 1986 race found young American Greg Lemond and French legend Bernard "The Badger" Hinault fighting for the win, a battle that was all the more dramatic because they were on the same cycling team. Richard Moore tells the story of the 1986 Tour in Slaying the Badger; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive.
Amy Walker, ed.: On Bicycles It can sometimes be challenging to imagine cycling in an urban environment, where there's so much automotive traffic. But urban cycling is on the rise. In On Bicycles, Amy Walker collects essays from a variety of writers about the challenges of urban cycling, the ways to get beyond them, and the joys to be found in doing so. On Bicycles is available as an e-book at OverDrive.
Duffy Brown: Geared for the Grave And because it wouldn't be an "On This Day" theme day without a mystery series, we turn to Duffy Brown's "Cycle Path Mystery" books. Evie works at a bike shop in a summer resort town; in Geared for the Grave, she must come to the rescue when her boss is suspected of murder. It's available as an e-book at OverDrive.