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Urban cycling: An investigation in bicycle policy and practice in Stockholm and Amsterdam
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes bicycle policies in Stockholm and Amsterdam and focuses on municipal policy. The motivations for choosing the bicycle as a means of transport are discussed. Planning documents, interviews and scientific literature are used to gather information. The car has a strong position in Stockholm due to both historical and recent political decisions; Amsterdam has been more car-restrictive. Stockholm has a planning heritage of externalizing bicycling and has low investments in bicycle infrastructure compared to Amsterdam. Political support is broad in Amsterdam, which is reflected in a long term financial strategy. In Amsterdam bicycle parking is seen as the largest problem, because of the many bicycles. In Stockholm the incoherent network is a planning focus but no long term financial strategy is present. Furthermore political support of the majority in Stockholm is not visible in reality. Despite these differences is the number of cyclists in Stockholm growing unexpectedly.

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cycling, bicycling, municipal policy, Amsterdam, Stockholm
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-58352OAI: diva2:420267
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-20 Created: 2011-05-31 Last updated: 2011-06-20Bibliographically approved

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