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Hmmmm... Passing this along.

Might be of interest to those working on bike and ped planning projects in
their communities.

Dave DeRight

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I would like to call you attention to a new article by Prof. John
Pucher in the current issue of Transportation Quarterly (fall 1997,
appearing in March 1998, 5 months late), in which he describes the
successful bicycling polices of Germany and how them might be adapted
in the United States to encourage more bicycling and less auto use

John Pucher, "Bicycling Boom in Germany:  A Revival Engineered by
Public Policy," Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 4, Fall 1997,
pp. 31-46.


Bicycling has increased dramatically in German cities over the past
two decades, not only absolutely but even as a proportion of total
travel.  Overall, the bicycle share of urban trips in western Germany
rose by 50% from 1972 to 1995.  In many large cities, bicycling
doubled or tripled, while the modal split share of auto travel fell,
thus mitigating roadway congestion and pollution problems.  The
resurgence of bicycling as a practical mode of daily urban travel is
due almost entirely to public policies that have greatly enhanced the
safety, speed and convenience of bicycling while making auto use more
difficult and expensive.  The bicycle has triumphed in Germany in
spite of rapid suburbanization, rising auto ownership, increasing
trip lengths, and rising per capita incomes.  This article shows
that, with the right set of policies, bicycling can be increased
almost anywhere.

Please pass on this information to others who might be interested in
bicycling policies in Europe and how they might be applied in the
United States to increase bicycling, reduce auto use, and thus
improve the environment.

John Pucher can be contacted by email at:
John Pucher
Department of Urban Planning
Rutgers University, Bloustein School
33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 302
New Brunswick, New Jersey   08901--1900
Fax:  732-932-2253
Phone:  732-932-3822, ext. 722
email: pucher@rci.rutgers.edu

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