Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Thomas Kim

Reader 2

Rick Worthington

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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.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.