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. This presentation 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. It describes ways to make cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. The talk also offers a closer look at how cities both with and without historical cycling cultures have developed cycling programs over time. The presentation makes clear that successful promotion of cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, programs, and government policies.
Ralph Buehler is the author or co-author of over 65 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 in the USA and abroad. Dr. Buehler has over 15 years of research experience in the area of bicycling and walking. He is currently, co-editing a new volume titled ‘The Future of City Cycling’ (MIT Press, 2020). Dr. Buehler’s work has been cited widely. Universities, governments, and NGOs in the U.S. and abroad have invited him to present this research. He has served as research consultant for five bi-annual national bicycle-benchmarking projects by the Alliance for Biking and Walking (and the League of American Bicyclists).
Between 2012 and 2018, Dr. Buehler served as chair of the Committee for Bicycle Transportation of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. Moreover, he co-developed and co-chaired an international conference for TRB and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) bringing together experts on active travel and public health. He has also served on several bicycling related committees for USDOT and TRB. Dr. Buehler has also served as principal and co-principal investigator for seven funded research projects in the area of bicycling.