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Thursday 6 April at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Bike Nation
Bike Nation is published in
paperback by Yellow Jersey Press
on 6 April 2017 at £12.99.

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Peter Walker
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Peter Walker
Bike Nation

How Cycling Can Save the World

Are helmets really worth all the bother? Is cycling the answer to Britain’s national health problems? Are cyclists really the danger on our roads – or is it time for drivers to give way?

In Bike Nation, Peter Walker take us on a journey around the world, exploring the varying attitudes to urban cycling. With unprecedented access to politicians and campaigners alike, he is a leading expert and a key voice in the national cycling conversation.

According to Transport for London, motorists entering central London during the morning peak in 2000 outnumbered cyclists by more than 11 to 1. By 2014, the ratio was 1.7 to 1. If these trends continue, the number of people commuting by bike will overtake the number commuting by car in 2019. And it’s not just London – councils in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds are all making multi-million pound investments in bike paths and cycling hubs. With all this in mind, it’s safe to say that cycling is one of the hottest topics on our highways.

In Bike Nation, Peter Walker explores the idea that helmets could actually be more of a hindrance than help to cyclists’ safety; that if better provisions were made for cyclists, we could improve gender equality on our roads; looking at respected medical studies, he illustrates how cycling just three times a week could revolutionise our national health. A healthier, safer and more egalitarian nation could be on the way – if we become a Bike Nation.

Peter Walker is a political correspondent for the Guardian. In 2009 he founded the Guardian Bike Blog, which has quickly become the primary destination for cucling debate. In 2014 he was named by BikeBiz magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in UK cycling, and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Specialist Writer category at the Cycling Media Awards.

“Peter Walker has written the book I wanted to write. It shold be compulsory reading for anyone in a decision-making role. This might be a sweeping statement but when you see the diverse and positive impact cycling could have on our lives – cyclist or not – you’ll understand.” – Chris Boardman.

“Stacked with stats and filled with stories, this book is as exhilarating as a clear stretch of highway. If we are at a turning pointfor cycling in big cities, this book is it.” – Jeremy Vine.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 28 September at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Iain Sinclair: The Last London

Thursday 12 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

The Potato Show
An evening with John Hegley
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Friday 13 October at 7.30 pm
at Wanstead Library

Lottie Moggach: Under the Sun
Redbridge Libraries’ Fabula Festival

Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Travis Elborough: The Vinyl Countdown

Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

The Gentle Author: East End Vernacular

Thursday 16 November at 7.30 pm
at Conway Hall

Michael Rosen: So They Call You Pisher!
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Friday 24 November at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Lucinda Hawksley
Dickens and Christmas

Past events and news


Chris Difford: Some Fantastic Place

Donal Ryan and Sarah Winman
in conversation

Mark Thomas: The Liar’s Quartet

Jacqueline Wilson: Wave Me Goodbye

Stuart Heritage and Jonathan Dean
Writing Family

Julian Woodford
The Boss of Bethnal Green

Will Ashon: Strange Labyrinth

Dave Randall: Sound System
The Political Power of Music

Peter Walker: Bike Nation
How Cycling Can Save the World

Eugenia Cheng: Beyond Infinity

Jake Arnott: The Fatal Tree

Michael Rosen
The Disappearance of Émile Zola

Fundraising event for
refugee charity Care4Calais
Poetry and prose readings with
Julie Christie, Niall Buggy,
David Calder, Andy de la Tour
and Susan Wooldridge

Book signing on publication day
Nadiya Hussain
The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Shami Chakrabarti discusses
the importance of libraries
Inaugural annual Lantern Lecture