John Pucher is professor emeritus at the Bloustein School. He was a professor at Rutgers University from 1978 to 2014, conducting research on urban transportation in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Over the past 15 years, John’s research has focused on walking and bicycling, and how to improve their safety and convenience for all age groups, for women as well as men, and for all levels of physical ability. He encourages walking and cycling for recreation as well as for practical trips to work, school, and shopping to increase physical activity and to help people toward healthier lifestyles. John has published three books and over 100 articles in academic and professional journals. His most recent book is entitled “City Cycling,” published by MIT Press in 2012. John has spent several years as a visiting professor at universities in Germany, Canada, and Australia, and most recently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was visiting professor of city planning and transportation.
In 2015 John retired from Rutgers University and moved back to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he grew up. He continues to do research on sustainable transport policies around the world, and is currently working on three funded projects: “Transforming Urban Transport: The Role of Political Leadership” for Harvard University and the Volvo Foundation; “Lessons from western EU cities for eastern EU cities” for the European Union and UN Habitat; and “2016 Benchmarking Report for Walking and Bicycling in the US” for the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. He is also working with German, Swiss, and Austrian colleagues on a comparison of the successful transport policies and increasingly sustainable travel behavior (more walking, cycling, and public transport use) in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, and Vienna. In the coming years, however, he plans on increasingly focusing his efforts on improving bicycling and walking conditions in the Southeast, where he is now living.
John Pucher retired December 2014.