Bicycle Bob and the Bike Revolution

A review of Bicycle Bob and the Bike Revolution by Josh Freed

Published on July 5, 2023

As Montrealers, we all know that cycling is as much a part of the city’s identity as bright orange traffic cones and smoked meat. Even when the tropical-seeming heat and endless nights have long died down and the city’s streets are covered in snow, the number of bold winter cyclists grows every year. If you’re looking for a book that is both iconic and enticing, Bicycle Bob and the Bike Revolution is one to pick up. 

Bicycle Bob and the Bike Revolution
Josh Freed
Illustrated by Satoji

Éditions Kata

Back in the day when cyclists had to fight cars for a place on the road and were constantly threatened by the hazard of swinging car doors, Robert Silverman (also known as Bicycle Bob) was on a mission. He was passionate about advocating for a cleaner, healthier, bike-friendly city with his partner in crime, Claire Morissette (or Cycling Claire), an equally fervent supporter of cycling. The story outlines the clever stunts pulled by the dynamic duo to push for the implementation of more bicycle paths and fewer cars on the road. The vibrant and animated visuals by Satoji play a key role in acquainting readers with the cause so dear to the book’s central characters, all the while bringing a contagious sense of play and laughter.

A wonderful introduction to social activism, the story shares a valuable lesson that every change starts with a belief. When belief is turned into action, the results can prove to be everything we hoped for and more. Taking the legacy left behind by Bicycle Bob and Cycling Claire as an example, this inspiring local tale teaches us that breaking the rules is quite all right as long as it’s in the name of social change or, more specifically, a “velorution.”mRb

Phoebe Yī Lìng is a freelance writer, editor, and full-time explorer. She currently works with the Nunavik Inuit community as a Gladue writer and sometimes spends her time dabbling in experimental performance or marvelling at the complexities of intra/interpersonal communication.



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