John Pucher

John Pucher

 

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Phone (848) 932-2803

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pucher@rutgers.edu

John Pucher, Ph.D.

Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program and Research Associate, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978

 

John Pucher


  City Cycling Website for John Pucher and Ralph Buehler's book (October 2012), City Cycling.
Published by MIT Press. Urban and Industrial Environments series.
ISBN-10: 0-262-51781-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-51781-2

Copyright Carlton ReidCity Cycling was featured in "Get Britain Cycling," a special session of the British Parliament's House of Commons The book was cited as evidence in support of the session's goal of increasing cycling in the UK, providing comprehensive information from across the globe about the necessary infrastructure and policies to make cycling safer and more convenient for all segments of society, but especially for women, children, and seniors. (click image for larger view of the book as it was presented to Parliament. Image © Carlton Reid)

   
   

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John Pucher is a professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey). Since earning a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, Pucher has conducted research on a wide range of topics in transport economics and finance, including numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Canadian government, and various European ministries of transport. For almost three decades, he has examined differences in travel behavior, transport systems, and transport policies in Europe, Canada, and the USA.

 

Over the past twelve years, Pucher's research has focused on walking and bicycling. His international comparative analysis has included Australia, Canada, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and several other European countries. The main objective is to determine what American, Canadian, and Australian cities could learn from each other and from European cities to improve the safety, convenience, and feasibility of these non-motorized modes. He has published 25 articles and book chapters on walking and cycling and given over 60 featured talks, keynote addresses, and conference talks on this subject.  From 2008 to 2010, he is directing a major research project for the U.S. Department of Transportation examining bicycling trends and policies in large American cities.

 

Pucher has been increasingly interested in the public health implications of urban transport. In particular, he has emphasized the need for Americans to increase their walking and cycling for daily transportation as the best way to ensure adequate levels of physical exercise and enhance overall public health. From 2005 to 2006, Pucher spent his sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney's Institute of Transport Studies directing a research project that examined differences between Canada, Australia, and the USA in their travel behavior, transport systems and policies, and the impacts of transport on public health. Now that he is back at Rutgers, Pucher is working with Australian, Canadian, and European colleagues to pursue this increasingly important research on public health impacts of transport.

 

Curriculum Vitae (resume)

Brief Bio

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Research Interests

  • Comparative analysis of urban transport systems and travel behavior in Europe, Canada, Australia, and the USA
  • Urban transport trends and policies in China, India, and Korea
  • How to promote safe walking and cycling on the basis of successful policies in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany
  • Public health impacts of land use and transportation policies, with special emphasis on active transport issues
  • Transportation impacts of economic transformations in formerly socialist countries of Central Europe (esp. Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary)
  • Multi-modal coordination of public transport services and fares throughout metropolitan areas and integration of non-motorized modes (bicycling and walking)

 

Brisbane 2006

Publications

  • City Cycling, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2012, forthcoming, 368 pages (with Ralph Buehler). Click here for summary and table of contents. Click here for further information and to order book for $18 with pre-publication discount. Click here for bi-weekly stories with highlights from various chapters of the book.
  •  “Demand for Public Transport in Germany and the USA:  An Analysis of Rider Characteristics,” Transport Reviews, Vol. 32, No. 5, September 2012, pp. 541-567 (with Ralph Buehler). Click here for PDF.
  •  难以抵挡的骑行诱惑:荷兰、丹麦和德国的自行车交通推广 经验研究
    "Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany," Urban Planning International, Oct. 2012, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 26-42 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for Chinese version
    Click here for original English version
  • “Walking and Cycling in Western Europe and the United States:  Trends, Policies, and Lessons,” Transportation Research News, No. 280, May-June 2012, pp. 34-42.         
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Cycling to Work in 90 Large American Cities: New Evidence on the Role of Bike Paths and Lanes," Transportation, Vol. 39, No. 2, March/April 2012, pp. 409-432 (with Ralph Buehler). 
    Click here for PDF.  
  • "Active Travel in Germany and the USA: Contributions of Daily Walking and Cycling to Physical Activity," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 40, No. 9, September 2011, pp. 241-250 (with Ralph Buehler, Dafna Merom, and Adrian Bauman).
    Click here for abstract | Click here for PDF.
  • "Walking and Cycling in the United States, 2001-2009: Evidence from the National Household Travel Surveys," American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 101, No. S1, December 2011, pp. S310-S317 (with Ralph Buehler, Dafna Merom, and Adrian Bauman).
    Click here for abstract | | Click here for PDF
  • "Bicycling Renaissance in North America? An Update and Re-Assessment of Cycling Trends and Policies," Transportation Research A, Vol. 45, No. 6, 2011, pp. 451-475 (with Ralph Buehler and Mark Seinen).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Bicycling Trends and Policies in Large North American Cities," Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC, and the University Transportation Research Consortium, New York, NY , March 2011 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Cycling Down Under: A Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Trends and Policies in Sydney and Melbourne," Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 19, 2011,pp. 332-345 (with Jan Garrard and Stephen Greaves).
    Click here for PDF.
  • “Sustainable Transport in Freiburg:  Lessons from Germany’s Environmental Capital,” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation,Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2011, pp. 43-70 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Making Public Transport Financially Sustainable," Transport Policy, Vol. 18,No. 1, January 2011, pp. 126-138 (with Ralph Buehler)
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Walking and Cycling for Healthy Cities," Built Environment, Vol 36, No. 5, December 2010, pp. 391-414 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Walking and Cycling to Health: Recent Evidence from City, State, and International Comparisons," American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 100, No. 10, 2010, pp. 1986-1992 (with Ralph Buehler, David Bassett, and Andy Dannenberg).
    Click here for abstract
  • "Cycling in New York:  Innovative Policies at the Urban Frontier," World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 16, summer 2010, forthcoming (with Lewis Thorwaldson, Ralph Buehler, and Nick Klein). 
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Infrastructure, Programs and Policies to Increase Bicycling: An International Review," Preventive Medicine, Vol. 50, No. S1, January 2010, pp S106-S125 (with Jennifer Dill and Susan Handy). Prepared for the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    Click here for PDF
  • "Cycling to Sustainability in Amsterdam," Sustain, No. 21, Autumn 2009, pp. 36-40 (with Ralph Buehler)
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Bike-Transit Integration in North America," Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2009, pp. 79-104 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF
  • "Sustainable Transport that Works:  Lessons from Germany," World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 15, No. 1, May 2009, pp. 13-46 (with Ralph Buehler). 
    Click here for PDF
  • "Cycling for a Few or for Everyone: The Importance of Social Justice in Cycling Policy," World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 15, No. 1, May 2009, pp. 57-64 (with Ralph Buehler). 
    Click here for PDF
  • "Making Transportation Sustainble:  Insights from Germany," Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution, April 2009, pp. 1-38 (with Ralph Buehler and Uwe Kunert). 
    Click here for PDF
  • "Cycling for Everyone: Lessons from Europe," Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2074, November 2008, pp. 58-65 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF
  • "Walking, Cycling, and Obesity Rates in Europe, North America, and Australia, "Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 5, No. 6, November 2008 (with David Bassett, Ralph Buehler, Dixie Thompson, and Scott Crouter).
    Click here for PDF
  • "Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany," Transport Reviews, Vol. 28, No. 4, July 2008, pp.495-528 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "At the Frontiers of Cycling: Policy Innovations in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany," World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 13, No. 3, December 2007, pp. 8-57 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF of article without photos
    or here for PDF of article with photos

  • “Cycling in Canada and the United States: Why Canadians are so far ahead,” Plan Canada, March 2007, pp. 13-17 (with Ralph Buehler).
  • "Making Sustainable Transport Politically and Publicly Acceptable," in Rietveld, P. and Stough, R., eds., Institutions and Sustainable Transport: Regulatory Reform in Advanced Economies. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007, pp. 17-50 (with David Banister and Martin Lee-Gosselin).
    Click here for PDF
  • "Urban Transport Trends and Policies in China and India: Impacts of Rapid Economic Growth," Transport Reviews, Vol. 27, July 2007, pp. 379-410 (with Z. Peng, N. Mittal, Y. Zhu, and N. Korattyswaroopam).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Why Canadians Cycle More than Americans: A Comparative Analysis of Bicycling Trends and Policies," Transport Policy, May 2006, Vol. 13, pp. 265-279 (with Ralph Buehler). Click here for PDF.
  • “Urban Transport Crisis in India,” Transport Policy, June 2005, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 185-198 (with N. Korattyswaroopam, N. Mittal, and N. Ittyerah).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Public Transport in Seoul: Meeting Burgeoning Travel Demands of a Megacity,” Public Transport International, May/June 2005, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 54-61 (with H. Park, M.H. Kim, and J. Song).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Transport Policies in Central and Eastern Europe," in Button and Hensher, eds., Transport Strategy, Policy, and Institutions, Oxford, England, Elsevier Press, 2005.
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Cycling Trends and Policies in Canadian Cities,” World Transport Policy and Practice, March 2005, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 43-61 (with Ralph Buehler).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons from the Netherlands and Germany," American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 93, No. 9, September 2003. (with Lewis Dijkstra).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Making Walking and Cycling Safer: Lessons from Europe," Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 3, Summer 2000, pp. 25-50 (with Lewis Dijkstra).
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Cycling Safety on Bikeways vs. Roads," Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 55, No. 4. Fall 2001, pp. 9-11.
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  • "Bicycling Boom in Germany: A Revival Engineered by Public Policy," Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 4, Fall 1997, pp. 31-46.
    Click here for PDF.
  • "Socioeconomics of Urban Travel: Evidence from the 2001 National Household Travel Survey," Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 3, summer 2003, pp. 49-78. (with John Renne).
    Click here for PDF.
  •  "Renaissance of Public Transit in the USA" Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 56, No. 1, winter 2002, pp. 33-50.
    Click here fo PDF.
  •  "The Transformation of Urban Transport in the Czech Republic: 1988-1998," Transport Policy, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1999 (October), pp. 225-236.
    Click here for PDF.
  •  "Bicycling Renaissance in North America? Recent Trends and Alternative Policies to Promote Bicycling," Transportation Research, Vol. 33-A, Nos. 7/8, September 1999, pp. 625-654.
    Click here for PDF.


    Additional publications available on the Voorhees Center Web site at http://policy.rutgers.edu/vtc/reports/archive.php

 

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PowerPoint Presentations

"Cycling to the Future:  Lessons from across the Globe," opening keynote address at the Bicycle Urbanism conference, University of Washington, College of Built Environments, Seattle, Washington, June 20, 2013Click here for PDF of the PPT presentation (note: 10 MB file)

"How to Increase Bicycling for Daily Travel:  Lessons from across the Globe," webinar presented jointly for the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Active Living Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 14, 2013Click here for PDF. (note: 7 MB file)

"Promoting Walking and Cycling for Sustainable Cities:  Lessons from Europe and North America," public lecture given at Harvard University on Oct. 15, 2012, jointly sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Livable Streets Alliance, MassBike, WalkBoston, the Boston Cyclists' Union, and the Sierra Club.
Click here for video of the talk
Click here for PDF of the PPT presentation (note: 25 MB file)


"Promoting Walking and Cycling in Los Angeles: Lessons from Europe and North America," public lecture given at the University of California at Los Angeles on Oct. 31, 2012 and jointly sponsored by the UCLA Lewis Center, the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Bicycling Coalition.

Click here for PDF of PPT

 

"Making Public Transport Financially Sustainable: Lessons from Germany," public lecture presented at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference, "Financing the Future," Oct. 28-30, 2012. Click here for PDF.

 

"Walking and Cycling for ALL New Jerseyans," keynote address for the New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit, Trenton, NJ, February 26, 2011, organized by the NJ Coalition for Biking and Walking. Click here for PDF.

 

"Walking and Cycling in the United States, 2001-2009: Evidence from the National Household Travel Surveys," Powerpoint presentation at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, January 2011 (with Ralph Buehler, Dafna Merom, and Adrian Bauman). Click here for PDF of PPT.

 

"Walking and Cycling for Healthy Cities," public presentation for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and San Diego State University, San Diego, California, August 23. Click here for PDF of PPT.

"Infrastructure, Policies, and Programs to Promote Cycling," 4-minute interview of John Pucher for Active Living Research program of Robert Wood Foundation in San Diego California, August 23, 2010. Click here for video of talk.

"Biking for All Texans:  For Health, for Fun, for Transportation," keynote address for the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, organized by Bike Texas, Texas Trails Network, and the Texas Active Living Network, Austin, Texas, February 3-6, 2010. 
Click here for PDF.

 

"Bike-Transit Integration in North America," paper presented at the annual conference of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, January 2010.
Click here for PDF.

 

"Cycling and Walking for All New Yorkers: Path to Improved Public Health," keynote address for the June 8, 2009 Fit City Conference in New York City organized by the American Institute of Architects and NYC Department of Health. Click here for PDF.

 

"Cycling for Everyone: Lessons for Vancouver from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany," lecture on May 15, 2008 in Vancouver, Canada, jointly sponsored by Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Translink (Greater Vancouver Regional Transport Agency), and the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition). Click here for video of talk

Click here for PDF of slideshow

 

John Pucher, "Cycling for Everyone: Key to Public and Political Support," keynote address at the 2007 National Bike Summit, League of American Bicyclists, Washington, DC, March 16, 2007. (Please use this citation to acknowledge any information used from this PPT presentation.) Click here for PDF.

 

John Pucher, "Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons from Europe," powerpoint presentation made at the University of Louisville, School of Urban and Public Affairs, Louisville, KY, April 2, 2007, and at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and University Transportation Research Center (Region 2), New York, NY, April 17, 2007.
Click here for PDF of PPT.

 

 

 

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Elise and Andres
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