Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from Western Europe and North America
Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of cycling’s boom in cities in Western Europe, the USA, and Canada over the last two decades. The presentation first discusses trends in cycling levels, cycling safety, cycling infrastructure, bike parking, the integration of cycling with public transportation, and the promotion of cycling for all groups. Next, it highlights factors that have contributed to these increasing cycling levels. The presentation emphasizes that cities seeking to expand cycling beyond those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads need to make city cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. It highlights how successful promotion of city cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, promotional programs, and government policies.
Ralph Buehler, PhD is Associate Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning at Virginia Tech in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Most of his research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and travel behavior in Western Europe and North America. He is the author or coauthor of over 50 refereed articles in academic journals, the book City Cycling (MIT Press), as well as reports to federal and local governments, NGOs, and for profit industry organizations. He currently serves as chair of the TRB committee on Bicycle Transportation.