Via the Guardian, here’s an article about a book that explores exactly why and how some cities in Europe became great for cycling. A good lesson for Toronto is that it for a city like Amsterdam it wasn’t any big infrastructure project but the realization that car dominance was killing their city and making small incremental steps to make biking easier.
Professor Ruth Oldenziel of Eindhoven University – a Dutch person and a cyclist, just so you know – is co-editor of a new book called Cycling Cities: The European Experience. In it, she and a colleague characterise Amsterdam as the “world bicycle capital, by chance”. Last week, presenting the book’s findings at a London Travelwatch event, she summarised the city’s cycling pre-eminence as resulting from “a kind of coincidence”.
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