“City Cycling” by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler, available for preorder

A new book edited by the Bloustein School’s John Pucher and Virginia Tech’s Ralph Buehler, City Cycling, is available for pre-order through publisher MIT Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

The book is scheduled to be released in October 2012 as part of the MIT Press Urban and Industrial Environments series. Download the advance flyer for more information about the book and a complete listing of chapters and authors.

Book abstract:  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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3 responses to ““City Cycling” by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler, available for preorder

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  2. karL

    I’d like to mention some urgent facts regarding recent developments. Battery technology is now esssentially cheaper then wire distribution schemes for power. Peak power consumption- for example rush hour, costs over fifteen percent routinely if using the grid, but batteries can do this for under ten percent. This means that if your commute is downhill you can charge your batteries on the way to work, and any left over juice when you get home will be far greener then if you sent it home from work on the grid. The grid though wants us to remained addicted- so is trying to incentivise us buying cars instead of bikes, and connecting them to it nearly 24×7 to enable further wasteful madness.
    IN Los ANgeles ACTUAL MPH speeds for bikes are legally faster then cars- that is if sufficient road capacity is devoted to bikes- obviously to the extent this is now the case or forecast to be the case it’s premised on little adoption.
    TO provide sufficient road capacity to those using far less road is problematic- unless the road has been privatised and therein able to be leased by bikes more profitably then any car addicts can afford corruption in government makes pushing the cars out of the way a real challenge. Most road lanes are still ‘public’ though so this is a challenge we must undertake successfully.

    I have proposed that bike speeds be regulated between for exaple 19 and 20 mph. I have also noted for a long time that it’s not just bike infrastruce that is ‘incomplete’ but road- consider the following copy lefted FACT.

    Objects like semi- trucks when in high speed motion and not contain signifcant energy. This energy is presently converted to heat whenever the driver needs to poop at a stop or example. However an equal amount in some dimension at least if not linear just spins the earth a bit as any kid in elementary school or prior knows from watching pbs not just on saturday mornings. Energy though is valuable and spinning the earth dangerous. For far less then the value of the energy harvested simple piezo electric for example dampers can be built into or even installed after on existing construction the off ramps- it’s not just treadmill type belts that while still far cheaper then the energy generated if built. I used though the resonance instead of flywheel etc. to point out how obscene it is that we don’t see this- the roar of traffic is energy presented wasted. When a bike charges it’s battery from us pedaling it as opposed to pushing on the earth to get the generator to spin the same is the case (or only in this latter example for any puritans actually paying attention).

    Why do we waste all this energy? Truck stops have very high utility connection costs. INsteads they could make for more money then now selling energy, letting trucks drop of batteries and pick up freshly charged ones from all the idiot car drivers refueling and also contributing to the charge.

    We need to start petitioning for redress as an emergency- we are being slaughtered by cars. People who drive will sign away there rights to slaughter us given a chance. Bikes can use existing road once cars are banned from sufficient numbers of them. Generally speaking cars only belong in rural areas. It seems though it is a choice- retain the right to pedal naked 15mph or slower or be not so venal and make room for all of us to hop on. Most people fear free time. THey don’t regard having to earn money to pay for cars as a chore- owning them requies they keep busy busy busy like that country fiddling song etc. notes- no rest for the wicked. Speeding bikes up is necessary but more importantly ending the diversity of commutying speeds. 20 seems fast enough given how closely we can safely ride with each other if digitally regulated at that speed. IF it’s too easy to pedal that fast then you can charge a battery for someone not so fit or with more to carry to use later on. (mainly true for downhill commutes not just facetiously wrote, or to cater to morons on balloons well known to kill when they pop etc.)

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