From Urban and Industrial Environments

Cycling for Sustainable Cities

Edited by Ralph Buehler and John Pucher

How to make city cycling—the most sustainable means of travel—safe, practical, and convenient for all.




How to make city cycling—the most sustainable means of travel—safe, practical, and convenient for all.

Cycling is the most sustainable means of urban travel, feasible for most short- and medium-distance trips and for many practical purposes—commuting to and from work and school, shopping, visiting friends—as well as for recreation and exercise. Cycling promotes physical, social, and mental health, helps reduce car use, enhances mobility and independence, and is economical for both public and personal budgets. Cycling should be made feasible for everyone and not limited to especially fit, daring, well-trained cyclists riding expensive bicycles. Cycling for Sustainable Cities shows how to make city cycling safe, practical, and convenient for all ages and abilities.

After discussing the latest cycling trends and policies around the world, contributors consider specific aspects of cycling. They examine such topics as health benefits; cycling facilities, including traffic-protected bike lanes; cycling incentives; the needs and preferences of women, children, and older adults; and equity and social justice. Expanding on the earlier book, City Cycling, they explore cycling developments in Asia and Latin America and analyze cycling evolution and innovations in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Portland (Oregon), and Sevilla. Taken together, the chapters show that successful promotion of cycling depends on a coordinated package of mutually supportive infrastructure, programs, and policies.


Adrian Bauman, Tim Blumenthal, Peter Bourke, Marco te Brömmelstroet, Ralph Buehler, Fiona Campbell, Rong Cao, Chris Cherry, Andy Clarke, Jennifer Conroy, Billie Giles-Corti, Emmanuel de Lanversin, Rune Elvik, Bernhard Ensink, Elliot Fishman, Peter G. Furth, Yuan Gao, Jan Garrard, Roger Geller, Aaron Golub, Andrea Hamre, Susan Handy, Eva Heinen, Till Koglin, Eleftheria Kontou, Ricardo Marqués, Karel Martens, Noreen C. McDonald, Ken McLeod, Kazuki Nakamura, Bill Nesper, Carlos-Felipe Pardo, John Parkin, Zhong-Ren Peng, Jean-François Pronovost, John Pucher, Lina Quiñones, Chris Rissel, Daniel A. Rodriguez, Susan A. Shaheen, Dave Snyder, Robin Stallings, Geetam Tiwari, Bert van Wee, Meghan Winters


$30.00 X | £25.00 ISBN: 9780262542029 480 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 53 b&w illus.


Ralph Buehler

Ralph Buehler is Professor and Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech's Research Center in Arlington, Virginia. He is coeditor of City Cycling (MIT Press).

John Pucher

John Pucher is Professor Emeritus in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is coeditor of City Cycling (MIT Press).