Surprising though it may seem to some, the humble bicycle has a turnkey role in 21st century cities, large or small, North or South, rich or poor. Getting city cycling right is a matter of high priority when it comes both to local and planetary environmental impacts, solid economics, affordability, fossil fuel and resource savings, public health, equity, democracy and quality of life. For all of those of our cities around the world who have over the last decades bought into the car plus speed plus distance plus lost time lifestyle without giving it much thought, getting this transition right is a significant technical, social and political challenge.
Fortunately, there is a large and fast expanding base of experience and information, which should guarantee success for all those who are not too lazy or too much in a hurry to do their homework properly and lay a successful base for their project. In World Streets, you can find well more than one hundred articles and sources which can help in the move to more and better cycling in your city. And several dozen report on planning and operating Public Bicycle Systems.
For planning reference –
- Planners Bookshelf on City Cycling – https://goo.gl/Vs370S
- Planners Bookshelf on Public Bicycles – https://goo.gl/0ddkPs
- World Streets on City Cycling – https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/city-cycling/
- World City Cycling Forum – https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldcitybike/
- Bike-Sharing World Map – www.bikesharingmap.com (identifies 1158 world cities with bike-share and more than 2.5 million bikes)
- World Streets Cycling photo album – https://goo.gl/n1HE6L
So, before you go out to spend one penny of hard-earned taxpayer money for the project you are thinking about, sit down and read on! It would be a pity not to take advantage of the hard-fought lessons of experience.
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About the author:
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Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton
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