New Publication. Cycling Cities: the Arnhem and Nijmegen Experience

Cycling Cities: The Arnhem and Nijmegen Experience is the first book in the new series Cycling Cities: The Global Experience. The book, written by Eric Berkers and Ruth Oldenziel, was presented at Velo-city 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 to urban commuters navigating the car-governed urban planning of the 1950s and 1960s and from cycling activists of the 1970s and the local and regional policymakers committed to cycling over the last two decades.

Cycling Cities: The Arnhem and Nijmegen Experience 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.

Event. Cycling Cities at EU Summit in Amsterdam

EU Transportation Summit April 14 2106 Presentation At EU Transport Summit in Amsterdam on April 14, 2016, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, presented the first copy of Cycling Cities to the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc. 

Press Release

May 23, 2016

Citizens and policy makers help boost sustainable urban mobility

From London and Paris to Barcelona and Berlin, authorities seek to boost cycling to create livable cities. Some cities succeed in creating a lasting result. In other cities, urban cycling barely increases. With over hundred photo’s, maps, graphs and tables the richly illustrated book Cycling Cities shows why some capitals and business centers became real cycling cities, while others did not. The book analyzes 100 years of urban cycling policy and practice in 14 European cities in nine countries. It shows how policy makers, activists, and ordinary citizens make – and have made – a difference.

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