This book explores the reasons for difficulties in making cycling mainstream in many cultures, despite its claims for being one of the most sustainable forms of transport. In conditions of relatively low use, cycle users become more closely identified with their means of transport than users of other modes. Such personality-based considerations led to the need initially for the book to explore the cultural development of cycling in countries with high use and the differences in use between different sub-groups of the population. After a consideration of the possible role and function of the private sector, the lessons learned from the book are placed in a socio-political context with a call for required action to create a revolution in cycle use.
The book 'Cycling and Sustainability' is a very fine collection putting light on the cycling-society nexus - [it] makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of this fascinating and important mode of transport. Ole B. Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark This is a valuable collection of essays by leading researchers which provides a comprehensive view of recent research on the role of cycling as a means of everyday travel. Colin G. Pooley, Lancaster University, UK A finely crafted volume of state-of-the-art thinking and research about cycling. It links the bicycle with people and society, the environment and the economy within a sustainable and realistic context. Valuable reading for those already switched on to the benefits of cycling, or wanting to understand why cycling offers so much potential. Chris Rissel, The University of Sydney, Australia
Chapter 1 Introduction - John Parkin (pp. 1 - 20)/ Part 1: People/ Chapter 2 Cycling Cultures in Northern Europe: From 'Golden Age' to 'Renaissance' - Trine Agervig Carstensen, Anne-Katrin Ebert (pp. 23 - 58)/ Chapter 3 Women Cycling Through the Life Course: An Australian Case Study - Jennifer Bonham, Anne Wilson (pp. 59 - 81)/ Chapter 4 The Role of Advocacy and Activism - Rachel Aldred (pp. 83 - 108)/ Part 2: Environment/ Chapter 5 Cycling, Urban Form and Cities: What do We Know and How should We Respond? - Kevin J. Krizek (pp. 111 - 130)/ Chapter 6 Network Planning and Infrastructure Design - John Parkin, Glen Koorey (pp. 131 - 160)/ Chapter 7 Evolution of Urban Bicycle Transport Policy in China - Pan Haixiao (pp. 161 - 180)/ Chapter 8 Cycling in Developing Countries: Context, Challenges and Policy Relevant Research - Mark Brussel, Mark Zuidgeest (pp. 181 - 216)/ Part 3: Economy/ Chapter 9 Understanding and Promoting Bicycle Use - Insights from Psychological Research - Sebastian Bamberg (pp. 219 - 246)/ Chapter 10 The Benefits of Cycling: Viewing Cyclists as Travellers rather than Non-motorists - Maria Borjesson, Jonas Eliasson (pp. 247 - 268)/ Chapter 11 Private Interventions in a Public Service: An Analysis of Public Bicycle Schemes- Benoit Beroud, Esther Anaya (pp. 269 - 301)/ Chapter 12 Conclusion: Towards a Revolution in Cycling - Dave Horton, John Parkin (pp. 303 - 325)