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.
Faculty Fellow, Ralph Buehler, reports on cycling trends and policies in cities in North America and Europe, and offers information on such topics as cycling safety, cycling infrastructure provisions including bikeways and bike parking, integration of cycling with public transportation, and promoting cycling for women and children. Dr. Buehler presented a talk on “Making Cycling Irresistible” at the CyCity Conference in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2012.
The presentation emphasizes that bicycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. Buehler describes ways to make city cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. The presentation makes clear that successful promotion of city cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, programs, and government policies.
Dr. Buehler is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on cycling, called City Cycling, published my MIT Press. Pre-order your copy online here.