Pointing the way to the future of research and development in relation to cycling as a mode of transport, this book investigates some of the significant recent developments in the technology, provision for, and take up of cycling in various parts of the world. Tensions at the heart of the nature of cycling remain: on the one hand cycling is frequently viewed as being a risky activity, while on the other hand it is seen as being a way of allowing populations to live healthier lives. Reviewing this dichotomy, the authors in this book consider the ways that cycling is planned and promoted. This is done partly in relation to these issues of risk and health, but also from the broader perspective of behavioural response to the changing nature of cycling. A section on methodologies is also included which outlines the current state-of-the art and points a way to future research.
’Cycling offers vast potential as a healthy and sustainable mode of transport, if only planners could find effective ways to promote it. Cycling Futures provides a wealth of information from studies across Europe that will be useful to planners in their efforts to promote cycling. This important book reminds us of the value of research contributions from a broad array of disciplines.’ Susan Handy, University of California, Davis, USA ’This book will appeal to the academic community as well as advocates and city officials interested in the evidence of the benefits cycling brings to society, the tensions inherent in implementing cycle-friendly policies, and more importantly, how these may be overcome.’ Tim Jones, Oxford Brookes University, UK