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The Case for Cycling

This site is a joint project of Portland Transport, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, BikePortland, Portland Afoot and AROW and has been created to serve as a compendium of the best research and arguments supporting cycling as a positive force in urban livability, health, sustainability and prosperity.

Initially motivated by a goal of informing the City Club of Portland research study "BICYCLING IN PORTLAND: A SERIOUS LOOK AT TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND PRIORITIES" we hope this site will also be a resource for other communities seeking to understand the benefits of cycling.

In June of 2013 the City Club membership overwhelmingly adopted the final report: "No Turning Back: A City Club Report on Bicycle Transportation in Portland" affirming the important role cycling plays in Portland transportation system and the benefits of cycling to individuals and society.

Major Arguments for Cycling

Other Topics

Arguments Against Cycling

Overview Research

  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, "Report to the U.S. Congress on the Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program SAFETEA-LU Section 1807" (2012), accessed May 27, 2012 [1]
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, "The National Bicycling and Walking Study: 15–Year Status Report" (2010), accessed May 27, 2012 [2]
  • Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, "Evaluating Non-Motorized Transportation Benefits and Costs" (2012) [3]

City of Portland Policy

  • City of Portland, "Bicycle Master Plan for 2030" (2010) [4]
  • City of Portland, "Portland Plan, Recommended Draft" (adopted by City Council in 2012 with minor amendments) [5]
  • City of Portland, "Climate Action Plan" (2009) [6]
  • City of Portland, "Peak Oil Report" (2007) [7]


  • Mia Birk and Joe (Metal Cowboy) Kurmaskie, Joyride, Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet (Cadence Press, 2010), ISBN 0615384110
  • Jeff Mapes, Pedaling Revolution, How Cyclists are Changing American Cities (Oregon State University Press, 2009), ISBN 0870714198

Other Collections of Research

  • Bikes Belong Stats and Research, [8]
  • Collection of Cycle Concepts 2012 (Denmark) [9]
  • Portland State University, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation [10]
  • Publications of John Pucher, Ph.D., Rutgers [11]
  • Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Walking and Cycling [12]
  • Alta Planning, Research and Study Documents [13]
  • Dutch Fietsberaad (Bicycle Council) Knowlege Bank and Example Bank [14]
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