Carlton Reid praises Cycling Cities for its historical insight into the key question: what is more important for cities to become true cycling cities? Cycling infrastructures or Traffic calming? To illustrate the book’s key message, Reid quotes the authors: “Bicycle lanes and highways are expensive to build, but cost politically less because bicycle lanes do not question automobility. Traffic calming measures are cheaper – as Amsterdam discovered. They demand political courage …” See Reid’s review for an excellent introduction to the book’s key points.
Cycling History scholarship is a booming field. Cycling Cities has now been integrated in the great database hosted by Manuel Stoffers. A must for anyone entering the field.
At the pre-summit of the EU Smart Cities meeting at the TU Eindhoven May 22, Oldenziel presented Cycling Cities. The meeting was hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Dutch Urban Approach program.