Cycling Cities Publications

Cycling Cities is SUM’s first Outreach and Research Results

Cycling Cities: The European Experience marks the launch of international research program for Sustainable Urban Mobility. The book highlights:

  • policymaking–from politicians to traffic engineers and urban planners;
  • daily cycling practices–from commuting to touring;
  • cycle infrastructures–from bicycle lanes to bike parking;
  • bicycle users–from activists to ordinary cyclists.

The book covers Cycling Policy & Practice in 14 cities, 9 countries over 100 years. The Netherlands: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Eindhoven, Southeast-Limburg; Belgium: Antwerp; Denmark: Copenhagen; Germany: Hannover; Sweden: Stockholm, Malmö; Switzerland: Basel; United Kingdom: Manchester; Hungary: Budapest; France: Lyon

Book Series: Cycling Cities. The Global Experience

Under the auspices of the Foundation for the History of Technology Cycling Cities: the Global Experience, individual cities may participate. The first such project on the Munich Experience is currently in progress and is headed by Senior Researcher Adri Albert de la Bruhèze in collaboration with the Verkehrzentrum, the Deutsches Museum, and the city of Munich. Eric Berkers wrote a book on 100 years cycling policy and practice in the the cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen as part of the Velocity Conference 2017 in these cities in June 2017 (see below).  Publications on Munich, The Hague, and Johannesburg are forthcoming in 2018 with others in the pipeline.


Eric Berkers and Ruth Oldenziel, Cycling Cities: The Arnhem and Nijmegen Experience (Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology, June 2017)The Dutch cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen both have a rich history of every aspect of cycling: utilitarian, leisure, and sport. Separated by two rivers for so long, today they are drawn closer through the cycle highway RijnWaalpad, aptly named after the rivers. The fast cycle route symbolizes their newfound joint efforts to encourage cycling as a healthy, efficient, and sustainable means of transport for this urban region.

The book traces the fascinating cycling histories of Arnhem and Nijmegen—from cycling tourists in 1900 scaling the region’s charming yet hilly landscape and urban commuters navigating the car-governed urban planning of the 1950s and 1960s, to the cycling activists of the 1970s and the local and regional policymakers committed to cycling over the last two decades. The book tells the tale of how two cities managed to become The Best Cooperating Cycling Region in the Netherlands in 2015; the host for two stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2016; and joint organizers of the world’s largest cycling conference Velo-city in 2017.

SUM Cycling Cities Team

Editors: Ruth Oldenziel, Martin Emanuel, Adri A. Albert de la Bruhèze, Frank Veraart, and Jan Korsten (SHT) in collaboration with Eric BerkersHans Buiter, Peter Cox, Pascal Delheye, Maxime Huré, Stijn Knuts, Manuel Stoffers, and Katalin Tóth.

Publisher: Foundation for the History of Technology in collaboration with the Ludwig Maximillian Universität Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany.

Translations (under negotiation).
Digital Platform (in preparation).