On Tour

Track plans and progress for book tour events, signings, and public talks here — new events and logistical details constantly updated.

Want to host a tour stop? Contact me via email or the press marketing office to arrange a book talk or signing at libraries, bookstores, bike clubs, or events.  I’ve done more than thirty public events or keynote speeches since the start of 2015, and another dozen private talks or presentations to scholarly audiences.  I’m happy to talk about selected topics from the history of bicycling, especially the story of the sidepath movement of the 1890s and its impact on American cities, the Victory bike rationing program of WWII, or the role of history in understanding present-day urban biking debates.

Upcoming Events:


2017 events . . .updated often.  Want to get on the list? I’m happy to visit bookshops, bikeshops, libraries, schools . . . and maybe group rides, coffee shops and bake shops!

March 30 — Presentation as a part of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation‘s “Bike Walk Civics” webinar series

May 19 — Welcome address at the Midwest Active Transportation Conference, a project of U Can 2 and University of Wisconsin La Crosse Continuing Education.  Registration required.

June 15 —  “The Forgotten Victory Bike in WWII,”  6:30pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217 | 414.964.4380 Part of Whitefish Bay TALKS, a monthly speakers series.  Register online at http://www.wfblibrary.org

June 22 — Missoula, Montana — 5:30-7:30 PM, author talk with Q&A and book signing to follow at Imagine Nation Brewing, hosted by Bike Walk Alliance of Missoula (BWAM!).  RSVP at the Facebook event.


 

Past Events:

Bike Battles Book Tour Stage 1: Washington, DC and Wilmington, Delaware

March 16-27, 2015

March 18 — Author talk for Washington Area Bicycle Association

March 20, 10AM — book release, informal reception, and signing at the American Society of Environmental Historians conference in Washington, DC at University of Washington Press table in the ASEH book exhibit at the Marriott Hotel

March 23, 6PM — Author talk for Bike Delaware and Wilmington Wheels & Walks  at the Brandywine Hundred Public Library, Wilmington, DE; event details on Facebook

Rochester May 2015 event poster

Rochester May 2015 event poster

May 17 – Rochester Public Library, sponsored by Rochester Bike Coalition, 3PM — RSVP on Facebook!

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May 20 — La Crosse WI — Pearl to Pearl Bike Ride and Book Signing, sponsored by Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition and People’s Food Co-op, with promotion from Wisconsin Bike Fed — join the Facebook event!

4-6 PM:  Riders assemble at “Free Wheelin’ Wednesdays” at Pearl Street Brewery, 1401 St Andrew St, La Crosse
6 PM:  Bike Riders depart for Pearl Street Books
6:30 PM: Book signing and reception at Pearl Street Books,  323 Pearl St, La Crosse.  Books available for purchase.

June 4 – Chicago — Seminary Co-op Bookstore, sponsored by Blackstone Bicycle Works and Active Transportation Alliance, 6PM — RSVP on Facebook!

Title: “The Transcontinental Bike Path that Doesn’t Exist: Chicago and the Forgotten Sidepath Movement of the 1890s”

Bike Battles Book Tour Stage 2: Pacific Northwest

Seattle -> Portland

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June 17 — Arrive in Seattle

June 18 — Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island,  7:30 p.m. Join on Facebook!

June 20 — Seattle Public Library, with University Book Store, and Cascade Bicycle Club3 p.m.  See event on the SPL Calendar or join on Facebook.

June 23 — Oregon Historical Society with the Bicycle Transportation Alliancenoon — join on Facebook or get the flyer!
June 23 — Garden Home Community Library, 7PM. Join on Facebook!
June 24 — Depart PDX
Bike Battles Book Tour Stage 3: 2016

January 21 — Lawrence University — Appleton, Wisconsin, 7PM, Main Hall 201

January 30 — Northfield, Minnesota — “Soup and Cycles,” the annual meeting of BikeNorthfield; First United Church:  Book Signing 5-6PM, Book Talk 6:30PM — Faribault Daily News story

February 12 — La Crosse, WI — “Bicycles and History: WWII, the Victory Bike and How History Shapes Culture, Behavior, and Policy,” part of UW-L Continuing Education’s Learning in Retirement “Cabin Fever” series — free for LIR members, $5 otherwise —  1-3 p.m. | 332 Cartwright Center, UWL

 

 April 4 — University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, at CPS 116, April 6 at 6pm, and is sponsored by College of Bike Battles UWSP Poster SmallLetters and Science, Department of History and International Studies, Center for Land Use Education, School of Health Promotion and Human Development, and Department of Political Science.

May 20 — Active Transportation Summit with UWL Continuing Education, La Crosse WI, Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UW-La Crosse campus.  “Join us at the Midwest Active Transportatitransportationon Conference for one day of active learning, networking, collaboration and continuing education.  We are celebrating the bonds of all who share an interest in empowering people in our communities by increasing awareness, implementation and coordination of active transportation.”

 

 

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May 21 — La Crosse, WI, Wisconsin Bike Federation’s Wisconsin Bike Summit:  “The 2016 Wisconsin Bike Summit will be held . . .  at the Radisson Hotel.  The Summit is scheduled to complement the UW- La Crosse Extension  Midwest Active Transportation Conference to be held on May 20th. Registrants of both events will receive a discount.  We are pleased to welcome our featured speakers –   Mayor Tim Kabat will provide Opening Remarks and our Keynote Speaker is Dr. James Longhurst, Associate Professor of History at UW-LaCrosse and author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road.”

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June 23 —  Minneapolis MN; “Get Out of the Road! The Legal Battle over the Highwheel in America, 1870-1900” – Fireside Chat. Thursday, June 23, 2016. 6:30pm – 7:30pm Hennepin History Museum — 2303 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55404 Cycling Museum of Minnesota. $5.00 AT THE DOOR, FREE FOR HHM MEMBERS.

July 16, 2016 — Madison, WI:  American Family Insurance Dreambank, 6PM.

October 27, 2016 — La Crosse.  Wisconsin Downton Action Council

December 3, 2016 — Faribault, MN:  Faribault Flyers annual meeting

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