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Building the Cycling City

The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality

  • Melissa Bruntlett
  • Chris Bruntlett
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 1-6
  3. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 7-26
  4. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 27-44
  5. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 45-65
  6. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 67-87
  7. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 89-108
  8. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 109-128
  9. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 129-149
  10. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 151-170
  11. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 171-190
  12. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 191-210
  13. Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett
    Pages 211-214
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 215-223

About this book

Introduction

In car-clogged urban areas across the world, the humble bicycle is enjoying a second life as a legitimate form of transportation. City officials are rediscovering it as a multi-pronged (or -spoked) solution to acute, 21st-century problems, including affordability, obesity, congestion, climate change, inequity, and social isolation. As the world’s foremost cycling nation, the Netherlands is the only country where the number of bikes exceeds the number of people, primarily because the Dutch have built a cycling culture accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or economic means.Chris and Melissa Bruntlett share the incredible success of the Netherlands through engaging interviews with local experts and stories of their own delightful experiences riding in five Dutch cities. Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples.Tellingly, the Dutch have two words for people who ride bikes: wielrenner (“wheel runner”) and fietser (“cyclist”), the latter making up the vast majority of people pedaling on their streets, and representing a far more accessible, casual, and inclusive style of urban cycling—walking with wheels. Outside of their borders, a significant cultural shift is needed to seamlessly integrate the bicycle into everyday life and create a whole world of fietsers. The Dutch blueprint focuses on how people in a particular place want to move.The relatable success stories will leave readers inspired and ready to adopt and implement approaches to make their own cities better places to live, work, play, and—of course—cycle.

Keywords

Cycling the Netherlands urban bikes cycling culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Melissa Bruntlett
    • 1
  • Chris Bruntlett
    • 1
  1. 1.ModacityVancouverCanadaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.5822/978-1-61091-880-0
  • Copyright Information Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett 2018
  • Publisher Name Island Press, Washington, DC
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-64283-024-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-61091-880-0
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