City Cycling

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John Pucher, Ralph Buehler
MIT Press, Oct 19, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 416 pages
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A guide to today's urban cycling renaissance, with information on cycling's health benefits, safety, bikes and bike equipment, bike lanes, bike sharing, and other topics.

Bicycling in cities is booming, for many reasons: health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, more and better bike lanes and paths, innovative bike sharing programs, and the sheer fun of riding. City Cycling offers a guide to this urban cycling renaissance, with the goal of promoting cycling as sustainable urban transportation available to everyone. It reports on cycling trends and policies in cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, and offers information on such topics as cycling safety, cycling infrastructure provisions including bikeways and bike parking, the wide range of bike designs and bike equipment, integration of cycling with public transportation, and promoting cycling for women and children.

City Cycling emphasizes that bicycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. The chapters describe ways to make city cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. The book also offers detailed examinations and illustrations of cycling conditions in different urban environments: small cities (including Davis, California, and Delft, the Netherlands), large cities (including Sydney, Chicago, Toronto and Berlin), and “megacities” (London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo). These chapters offer a closer look at how cities both with and without historical cycling cultures have developed cycling programs over time. The book makes clear that successful promotion of city cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, programs, and government policies.


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Cycling for Sustainable Transportation
Cycling Trends in Western Europe North America and Australia
3 Health Benefits of Cycling
Cycling Because Its Faster
5 Developments in Bicycle Equipment and Its Role in Promoting Cycling as a Travel Mode
A Transatlantic Comparison
7 Cycling Safety
8 Integration of Cycling with Public Transportation
10 Women and Cycling
11 Children and Cycling
12 Cycling in Small Cities
13 Big City Cycling in Europe North America and Australia
London Paris New York and Tokyo
Conclusions and Lessons from across the Globe
Urban and Industrial Environments Series List

9 Bikesharing across the Globe

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About the author (2012)

John Pucher is Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the Bloustein School of Planning and Policy at Rutgers University. He is the coauthor of The Urban Transport Crisis in Europe and North America and The Urban Transportation System: Politics and Policy Innovation (MIT Press).

Ralph Buehler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.

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