The Wheels of Freedom: Bicycles in China
...I had gone to China with an odd goal: to learn a bit about what the bicycle means to people who live in a country with only a few thousand privately owned cars but some 220 million cycles- vastly more than any other nation. And I had arrived at an odd time… Within hours of my arrival in Beijing, bicycles became more crucial than ever. Buses stopped. Subways shut. Taxis struck. But on flowed the bikes of Beijing....
American nonfiction writer and teacher. Born in New York City and raised in Nonquitt, Massachusetts, Strebeigh attended Yale University, where he now teaches nonfiction writing in the English department and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work, ranging from natural and environmental history to the legal system, has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, Legal Affairs, the New Republic, Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, and Sierra magazine. In 2009 Strebeigh published the book Equal: Women Reshape American Law. See also strebeigh.com.