Cycling for Sustainable Cities

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, practical for most short- and medium-distance trips—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.


1  Introduction: Cycling to Sustainability by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler

2  International Overview of Cycling by Ralph Buehler and John Pucher

3  Cycling and Health by Jan Garrard, Chris Rissel, Adrian Bauman, and Billie Giles-Corti

4  Cycling Safety by Rune Elvik

5  Bicycling Infrastructure for All by Peter G. Furth

6  Bicycle Parking by Ralph Buehler, Eva Heinen, and Kazuki Nakamura

7  Programs and Policies Promoting Cycling by Eva Heinen and Susan Handy

8  Evaluation of Cycling Policies and Projects by Bert van Wee

9  E-bikes in Europe and North America by Christopher R. Cherry and Elliot Fishman

10  Bikesharing's Ongoing Evolution and Expansion by Elliot Fishman and Susan Shaheen

11  Women and Cycling: Addressing the Gender Gap by Jan Garrard

12  Children and Cycling by Noreen McDonald, Eleftheria Kontou, and Susan Handy

13  Older Adults and Cyclingby Jan Garrard, Jennifer Conroy, Meghan Winters, John Pucher, and Chris Rissel

14  Social Justice and Cycling by Karel Martens, Aaron Golub, and Andrea Hamre

15  Cycling in China and India John Pucher, Geetam Tiwari, Zhong-Ren Peng, Rong Cao, and Yuan Gao

16  Cycling in Latin America by Carlosfelipe Pardo and Daniel A. Rodriguez, with Lina Marcela Quiñones

17  Cycling in New York, London, and Paris by John Pucher, John Parkin, and Emmanuel de Lanversin

18  Cycling in Copenhagen and Amsterdam by Till Koglin, Marco te Brömmelstroet, and Bert van Wee

19  Implementation of Pro-bike Policies in Portland and Seville by Roger Geller and Ricardo Marqués

20  Cycling Advocacy in Europe, North America, and Australia by John Pucher, Bernhard Ensink, Tim Blumenthal, Bill Nesper, Ken McLeod, Andy Clarke, Jean-François Pronovost,Dave Snyder, Robin Stallings, Fiona Campbell, and Peter Bourke

21  Cycling to a More Sustainable Transport Future by Ralph Buehler and John Pucher


$30.00 X ISBN: 9780262542029 488 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).