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Paperback | $33.95 Trade | £27.95 | 416 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 15 color photos, 3 b&w photos, 19 b&w illus., 1 map, 24 graphs, 23 tables | October 2012 | ISBN: 9780262517812
eBook | $23.95 Trade | October 2012 | ISBN: 9780262306836
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City Cycling


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.

About the Editors

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.

Table of Contents

  • City Cycling
  • Urban and Industrial Environments
  • Series editor: Robert Gottlieb, Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College
  • For a complete list of books published in this series, please see the back of the book.
  • City Cycling
  • Edited by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler
  • The MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • ©
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher.
  • MIT Press books may be purchased at special quantity discounts for business or sales promotional use. For information, please email or write to Special Sales Department, The MIT Press, 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
  • This book was set in Sabon by Toppan Best-set Premedia Limited. Printed and bound in the United States of America.
  • Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
  • City cycling / edited by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler.
  •  p. cm.—(Urban and industrial environments)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • ISBN 978-0-262-51781-2 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 1. Cyling—Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. City traffic—Handbooks, manuals, etc. I. Pucher, John R. II. Buehler, Ralph.
  • GV1043.7.C57 2012
  • 796.6–dc23
  • 2012006720
  • 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • John Pucher dedicates this book to his aunt Chris Kerzman, who was the inspiration for his four decades of car-free living.
  • Ralph Buehler dedicates this book to his wife, Nora, his parents, Liesel and Georg, and his sister, Steffi.
  • Contents
  • Contributors ix
  • Preface and Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 Introduction: Cycling for Sustainable Transport 1
  • John Pucher and Ralph Buehler
  • 2 International Overview: Cycling Trends in Western Europe, North America, and Australia 9
  • Ralph Buehler and John Pucher
  • 3 Health Benefits of Cycling 31
  • Jan Garrard, Chris Rissel, and Adrian Bauman
  • 4 Effective Speed: Cycling Because It’s “Faster” 57
  • Paul Tranter
  • 5 Developments in Bicycle Equipment and Its Role in Promoting Cycling as a Travel Mode 75
  • Kristin Lovejoy and Susan Handy
  • 6 Bicycling Infrastructure for Mass Cycling: A Transatlantic Comparison 105
  • Peter G. Furth
  • 7 Cycling Safety 141
  • Peter L. Jacobsen and Harry Rutter
  • 8 Integration of Cycling with Public Transportation 157
  • John Pucher and Ralph Buehler
  • 9 Bikesharing across the Globe 183
  • Susan A. Shaheen, Stacey Guzman, and Hua Zhang
  • 10 Women and Cycling 211
  • Jan Garrard, Susan Handy, and Jennifer Dill
  • 11 Children and Cycling 235
  • Noreen C. McDonald
  • 12 Cycling in Small Cities 257
  • Susan Handy, Eva Heinen, and Kevin J. Krizek
  • 13 Big City Cycling in Europe, North America, and Australia 287
  • Ralph Buehler and John Pucher
  • 14 Cycling in Megacities: London, Paris, New York, and Tokyo 319
  • John Pucher, Emmanuel de Lanversin, Takahiro Suzuki, and John Whitelegg
  • 15 Promoting Cycling for Daily Travel: Conclusions and Lessons from across the Globe 347
  • John Pucher and Ralph Buehler
  • Index 365


“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


“This is a must-read book for all those interested in transport and concerned about the environment, their own health, the quality of life, and the future of mobility. It provides an authoritative statement of the renaissance of cycling in all its facets, and each chapter is presented in a systematic, well-structured, accessible, and comprehensive manner through a galaxy of international authors. It is a benchmark book that will stand the test of time.”
David Banister, Professor of Transport Studies, University of Oxford, UK
City Cycling is sure to become the key reference work for academics, advocates, technicians, and politicians seeking to increase cycling in the United States. This impressive book thoroughly documents the individual, community, and national benefits of getting more people on bikes and proposes specific measures for making cycling safe and feasible for everyone. John Pucher and Ralph Buehler leave the reader no choice but to act.”
Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists
“With an overwhelming global demand for cycling solutions, City Cycling is being published at exactly the right time. It makes a clear case that cycling is the answer to big global problems. Readers are treated to unparalleled cycling expertise with extensive content from international contributors and a great collection of case studies. City Cycling will be a reference point in interdisciplinary research about cycling.”
Manfred Neun, President, European Cyclists’ Federation
“The best single source to date of data on cycling trends and successful strategies to expand and maintain high levels of cycling. Chapters focusing on women cyclists, children and cycling, and small, large, and megacities add to the usefulness.”
Mark Vallianatos, Policy Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
“This book could be a change agent for bicycling and the infrastructure. It can be hoped that nationally elected officials will read it and pass legislation favorable to bicycling.”
Anne Lusk, Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health