City Cycling

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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
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.

The MIT Press

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"While City Cycling probably won't convince the most hard-core bike haters, it has the potential to help change the debate about how biking fits into the transportation system in countries such as the U.S., where it has traditionally been perceived as marginal. This thoroughly academic approach could be just what we need to move the conversation forward." Sarah Goodyear,
The Atlantic Cities

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262517812
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 998,899
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction: Cycling for Sustainable Transport John Pucher Ralph Buehler 1

2 International Overview: Cycling Trends in Western Europe, North America, and Australia Ralph Buehler John Pucher 9

3 Health Benefits of Cycling Jan Garrard Chris Rissel Adrian Bauman 31

4 Effective Speed: Cycling Because It's "Faster" Paul Tranter 57

5 Developments in Bicycle Equipment and Its Role in Promoting Cycling as a Travel Mode Kristin Lovejoy Susan Handy 75

6 Bicycling Infrastructure for Mass Cycling: A Transatlantic Comparison Peter G. Furth 105

7 Cycling Safety Peter L. Jacobsen Harry Rutter 141

8 Integration of Cycling with Public Transportation John Pucher Ralph Buehler 157

9 Bikesharing across the Globe Susan A. Shaheen Stacey Guzman Hua Zhang 183

10 Women and Cycling Jan Garrard Susan Handy Jennifer Dill 211

11 Children and Cycling Noreen C. McDonald 235

12 Cycling in Small Cities Susan Handy Eva Heinen Kevin J. Krizek 257

13 Big City Cycling in Europe, North America, and Australia Ralph Buehler John Pucher 287

14 Cycling in Megacities: London, Paris, New York, and Tokyo John Pucher Emmanuel de Lanversin Takahiro Suzuki John Whitelegg 319

15 Promoting Cycling for Daily Travel: Conclusions and Lessons from across the Globe John Pucher Ralph Buehler 347

Index 365

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