Lessons From 40 Years of Planning for Cycle‐Inclusion: Reflections From Santiago, Chile

At the beginning of the century the predominance of automobiles in urban transportation in North America and Europe seemed unquestioned. Developing countries too were increasing the use of automobiles, with highways and interchanges being built in urban areas, displacing communities of the poor and the vulnerable. However, small but important social movements began to resist: for example, in India rickshaw drivers campaigned successfully in defense of their mode of travel. Cycling advocacy has emerged almost everywhere, with cycling now regarded as an important transportation mode, especially for short trips of up to ten kilometers. Many cities have introduced positive measures to promote cycling, while a body of substantial practitioner experience and research literature has documented progress, mainly in the developed countries. The author of this paper reviews the current knowledge of planning for cycling, based on academic research, field observations, a literature review, and experience in his home city of Santiago, Chile. The author explores the factors in favor of bicycle-inclusive transportation planning, and considers the crucial lessons of bicycle planning for sustainable transportation, underlining biases against cycling and lessons learned from urban traditions in developing countries.


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  • Accession Number: 01761645
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Nov 9 2020 12:26PM