Friday, February 08, 2013

Ralph Buehler to return to Rutgers in feature lecture at Bloustein

There are two big names in bike / ped planning academics in the US right now.  Many of you already know about Rutgers' and New Jersey's own John Pucher.  But there is also John's protege, Ralph Buehler who was finishing his PhD under John's guidance when I was also at Rutgers' Bloustein School.  Ralph's insights into transportation policy are second to none and the seminar that he taught was one of the best classes I took at Bloustein.  Today Ralph Buehler is an Assistant Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Center just outside of Washington D.C.

Ralph will present the Bloustein School’s annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. This year’s lecture will be “Making Urban Transport Sustainable: Comparison of Germany and the U.S.”  According to the Bloustein School announcement:
Professor Buehler’s presentation will investigate international trends in daily travel behavior with a focus on Germany and the U.S. Reliance on the automobile for most trips contributes to costly trends like pollution, oil dependence, congestion, and obesity. Germany and the U.S. have among the highest motorization rates in the world, yet Germans make a four times higher share of trips by foot, bike, and public transport and drive for a 25 percent lower share of trips as compared to Americans.
For full details about Ralph's lecture, see the complete Bloustein School announcement.

If you follow bike/ped planning, advocacy and academics you may have noticed both John Pucher's and Ralph's name on a number of milestone publications in the past couple of years. They include:
So if you didn't get enough bike/ped "wonkiness" at the NJ Bike and Walk Summit the Saturday before, make sure you attend Ralph's lecture.  I guarantee that you like it AND you will learn something profound.  Plus, it's FREE!!

 The lecture will be held at the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 19 to Amy Cobb by e-mail to or by phone to 848-932-2733.

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