Looking for some good reads on transportation? Here is a place to start:

Mode Shift members can check out resources at the Omaha Bicycle Company in Benson.


  • Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives, by Jarrett Walker
  • Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation, by Paul Weyrich and William Lind
  • Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile, by Taras Grescoe
  • Solutionary Rail: A People-Powered Campaign to Electrify America’s Railroads and to Open Corridors to a Clean Energy Future, by Bill Moyer, Patrick Mazza, and the Solutionary Rail Team

Bicycling & Walking

  • Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, by Elly Blue
  • Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities, by Jeff Mapes
  • The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power, by Travis Hugh Culley
  • Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck
  • The Cyclist’s Manifesto: The Case for Riding on Two Wheels Instead of Four, by Robert Hurst
  • Divorce Your Car!: Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile, by Katie Alvord

Driving & Parking

  • Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back, by Jane Holtz Kay
  • The High Cost of Free Parking, by Donald Shoup
  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), by Tom Vanderbilt

Planning & Design

  • Cycle Space: Architecture & Urban Design in the Age of the Bicycle, by Steven Fleming
  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery
  • Sprawl Repair Manual, by Galina Tachieva
  • Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow
  • Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia
  • Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs
  • The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape, by James Howard Kunstler
  • The Image of the City, by Kevin Lynch
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward Tufte
  • The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, by Jonathan F.P. Rose
  • Great Streets, by Allan B. Jacobs


  • Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, by Edward Humes
  • Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability, by David Owen
  • Thoughts on Building Strong Towns Vols I & II, by Charles L Marohn, Jr.
  • Alliance for Biking & Walking’s Guide to Fundraising Rides, by David Hoffman, Sue Knaup, and Kristen Steele
  • Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement, edited by Nora Gallagher & Lisa Myers

Speed Gun

Mode Shift has its own Speed Gun! Mode Shift members can check out the speed gun at the Omaha Bicycle Company in Benson.

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