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Leveraging Bikes to Build a Better City: Best Practices from Around the Globe

In the past decade, bicycling has grown enormously in popularity as a green and active transportation alternative in many cities and metropolitan areas. Cities worldwide have developed strategies like dedicated cycling infrastructure, cycle-only days, car-free streets, cycle superhighways, and more, and cities in the U.S. have been experimenting with some of these practices more recently. However, in an era of lean budgets for so many regions, how can sustainable transportation maintain this momentum?

New York is just one a of a few cities that has experienced backlash over its cycling program, and with money to build infrastructure ever scarcer, cities will need to continue to explore innovative solutions to finance and construct transportation alternatives. The Sustainable Cities Collective seeks to illustrate this challenge and highlight solutions, hosting a panel of experts to share best practices in cycling infrastructure from around the world.


ImageAngie Schmitt
manages and edits the Streetsblog Network, a unique collaboration between more than 400 transportation and urbanist bloggers from throughout the United States and around the world. She is also founding editor of, a influential regional website that explores the struggles of post-industrial Midwestern cities. Previously Angie worked as a newspaper reporter covering municipal governments throughout her home state of Ohio. She holds a master's degree in urban planning from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

ImageFabian Küster is a Senior Policy Officer at the European Cyclists’ Federation and is regularly following EU developments and legislation, liaising with key stakeholders. He has previously worked in Brussels for a German Member of European Parliament and the German Embassy. He has wealth of experience in and around the EU institutions, and is an expert in the EU policy field of bicycles.

ImageJoe Peach is the founder of This Big City - a social media movement encouraging discussion about sustainable cities. Joe founded This Big City in 2009 while studying for a Masters in Sustainable Communities and the Creative Economy and researching the role of urban bicycle infrastructure in developing sustainable communities. This Big City publishes articles on its English and Chinese language blogs as well as sharing short-form ideas on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

ImageAreli Carreón is an environmentalist with a Master's Degree on Rural Development, and founding member of several environmental NGOs in Mexico, notably Bicitekas A.C., the largest and most influential cyclist group in Mexico City. She is coauthor of the Mexico City's Urban Cyclist Manual and member of the promotion committee of the Urban Cyclists National Network, which gathers 32 cyclists organizations in Mexico. Areli is currently the President of the Directive Council of Bicitekas, A.C.