The Author



James Longhurst is a historian of urban and environmental policy, and the author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road (cloth 2015, paper 2017).  He is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, with a Ph.D. in history and policy from Carnegie Mellon University.  His first book, Citizen Environmentalists (2010), described the rise of local environmental organizing in Pittsburgh and the United States  in the 1960s and 1970s.

Longhurst is a bike advocate involved in local transportation politics and a volunteer at Bicycle La Crosse; the Wisconsin Bike Fed named him “Advocate of the Year” in 2016, and the La Crosse Convention and Visitor’s Bureau named him “Volunteer of the Year” in 2017.  He is also a slow roadie, regular bike commuter, amateur mechanic, everyday cyclist, shop intern, and lapsed recreational triathlete.