Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Politics and International Relations
2020 Harper G Mills
My thesis investigates why Boston has failed to meet its own goals of building a quality network of bike infrastructure and facilities. My hypothesis is the culmination of conducting interviews with local stakeholders, researching best practices in New York City, Cambridge (MA), and European “cycling cities” such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam, and closely analyzing Boston’s recent and most formative transportation agendas, policies, and budgets. I argue that Boston has failed to realize its goal of creating a safe, accessible, and equitable network of bike facilities because of:
1) overall inadequate funding of active transportation projects, and;
2) a failure to prioritize cycling infrastructure capable of inducing demand for cycling projects, and growing a “cycling constituency” that can effectively hold The City accountable if goals and standards are not met.
Mills, Harper, "Boston's Bicycle Infrastructure: Pathways for Achieving Active Transportation Priorities" (2020). Scripps Senior Theses. 1415.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.