Bicycle Urbanism

In October 2012 the 39th Ave NE Greenway, a north-south safe route for bikes and pedestrians, opened up through Wedgwood.  The Greenway was another step in Seattle’s increasing efforts to create healthy, convenient travel via bicycle.  Now Seattle will host the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium on the campus of the University of Washington on June 19 through 22, and participants will explore the ways that cities can best encourage and accommodate bicycle travel in the future.

On Tuesday, June 18, the evening before the opening of the conference, a free lecture will be given by Prof. John Pucher, one of the nation’s leading researchers in the analysis of best practices to make bicycling and walking safe, enjoyable and open to everyone.  In his talk, Dr. Pucher will document the recent boom in cycling in both European and North American cities, and show how government policies can provide safe, convenient and pleasant cycling conditions.  Lecture info, directions and RSVP here.

Dr. Pucher has been a professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, since 1978.  He is Professor of Urban Planning, conducting research on transportation economics, urban travel behavior, and government policies.  Over the past fifteen years his research has focused on walking and bicycling and how to improve safety and convenience for all age groups.  Dr. Pucher’s new book City Cycling is a guide to the urban cycling renaissance.

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