A new audio book by the former Talking Heads singer explores the liberation, exhilaration, and connection biking provides.
Although it can mean exposure to the elements, bike commuting gives one the opportunity to observe the inner rhythms of a city’s geography and population in a way that cabs and buses never could.
In the 1980′s David Byrne started to explore New York City by bike, and twenty years ago, he discovered folding bikes and started taking them with him when traveling around the world.
Bicycle Diaries chronicles David’s observations and insights — what he is seeing, whom he is meeting, what he is thinking about — as he pedals through and engages with some of the world’s major cities.
And this isn’t just any old audio book, with an author’s voice droning on and on. First, the book is available in a plethora of formats, including NPR shows and individually-downloadable podcasts. Second, Byrne took great care to incorporate scene sounds so that you can imagine the hustle and bustle of the cities he ride in with great clarity.
Throughout the chapters, Bryne has thoughts to share about fashion, architecture, cultural isolation, globalization, and the radical new ways that some cities, like his home town, are becoming more bike-friendly — all conveyed with a highly personal mix of humor, curiosity, and humanity.
To get a sample of this innovative use of technology, you can download the introduction for free here.