I Want to Ride My Bicycle-Cycling and Social Change
FYS 017, CRN 6568
Erin Smith
MW 12:30-1:45pm

Bicycle culture is growing in the US, to the claim that cycling is changing American cities. While it seems that using two wheels and pedals to get from point A to point B is a renewed revolution, and embracing cycling as the ultimate workout evolved since Lance Armstrong became a household name, bicycling has a lively and engrossing history. Today bicycling has grown from simple human powered transportation to a grassroots movement that weaves myriad issues such as alternative transportation systems, infrastructure accommodation, sustainability, health and the desire to just have fun on two wheels. Is bike culture a concept in search of a meaning?

This course will explore bike culture in Des Moines, Iowa, with a comparison to Europe and beyond, and from textbook to practical application. Although the class will unfortunately not be traveling to Europe for comparison, the exploration will sometimes happen on two wheels. The exploration will also happen in the classroom, on campus, in the neighborhood, and in city government offices. This course is a service learning opportunity to position Drake University as a bike friendly campus and lead change in the city of Des Moines through community engagement