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).

  • Cycling for Sustainable Cities

    Cycling for Sustainable Cities

    Ralph Buehler and John Pucher

    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 Cycling" by 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" by 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

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  • City Cycling

    City Cycling

    John Pucher and Ralph Buehler

    A guide to today's urban cycling renaissance, with information on cycling's health benefits, safety, bikes and bike equipment, bike lanes, bike sharing, and other topics.

    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.

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