Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality by Melissa BruntlettBuilding the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality by Melissa Bruntlett

Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality

byMelissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett

Paperback | August 28, 2018

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In car-clogged urban areas across the world, the humble bicycle is enjoying a second life as a legitimate form of transportation. City officials are rediscovering it as a multi-pronged (or -spoked) solution to acute, 21st-century problems, including affordability, obesity, congestion, climate change, inequity, and social isolation. As the world's foremost cycling nation, the Netherlands is the only country where the number of bikes exceeds the number of people, primarily because the Dutch have built a cycling culture accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or economic means.

Chris and Melissa Bruntlett share the incredible success of the Netherlands through engaging interviews with local experts and stories of their own delightful experiences riding in five Dutch cities. Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples.

Tellingly, the Dutch have two words for people who ride bikes: wielrenner ("wheel runner") and fietser ("cyclist"), the latter making up the vast majority of people pedaling on their streets, and representing a far more accessible, casual, and inclusive style of urban cycling-walking with wheels. Outside of their borders, a significant cultural shift is needed to seamlessly integrate the bicycle into everyday life and create a whole world of fietsers. The Dutch blueprint focuses on how people in a particular place want to move.

The relatable success stories will leave readers inspired and ready to adopt and implement approaches to make their own cities better places to live, work, play, and-of course-cycle.
Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are co-founders of a marketing and communications firm focused on inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of mobility through words, photography, and film. For many years, they have been developing written and visual content, including videos, with a focus on storytelling rather than relaying quantitativ...
Title:Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban VitalityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.3 × 6.5 × 0.6 inPublished:August 28, 2018Publisher:Island PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610918797

ISBN - 13:9781610918794

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite Interesting This book helps show the importance of adding bikes as a primary mode of transportation. It goes through multiple cities in the Netherlands, each with there own priorities for bicyclists; and how each city built a unique biking system. It helped me understand what my city in Canada is doing to try and improve other forms of transportation aside from the car. It is a great book for people to discuss what they want to see for their city.
Date published: 2018-07-26

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Nation of Fietsers
Chapter 1: Streets Aren't Set in Stone 
Chapter 2: Not Sport. Transport.
Chapter 3: Fortune Favors the Brave
Chapter 4: One Size Won't Fit All 
Chapter 5: Demand More 
Chapter 6: Think Outside the Van
Chapter 7: Build at a Human Scale
Chapter 8: Use Bikes to Feed Transit
Chapter 9: Put Your City on the Map
Chapter 10: Learn to Ride Like the Dutch 
Conclusion: A World of Fietsers

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Editorial Reviews

"Building the Cycling City shows how people worldwide inspire each other to create better cycling cities. The book celebrates local heroes who choose to adapt Dutch ideas to their own demands. The resulting urban transformations often became an inspiration to Dutch city builders themselves. Melissa and Chris Bruntlett offer not only inspiring stories, but also concrete plans and effective strategies for cycling cities. This is a must read for both cycling advocates and urbanists." - Saskia Kluit, CEO, Fietsersbond and President, Dutch Cycling Embassy