Cycling for a Few or for Everyone

The Importance of Social Justice in Cycling Policy
Source: World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 15, No. 1

This article responds to Bjorn Haake's criticism of our December 2007 article in WTPP "At the Frontiers of Cycling," in which we examined cycling trends and policies in Denmark (Copenhagen and Odense), the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Groningen), and Germany (Berlin and Muenster). Haake argues that professional training of cyclists to ride on roadways with motor vehicle traffic is the only strategy necessary to increase cycling safety and raise overall cycling levels. Our research reports overwhelming empirical evidence that a multi-faceted strategy including separate facilities would be far more effective and more equitable.

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