Dr. Ralph Buehler is Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs & Planning and a Faculty Fellow with the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. Originally from Germany, most of his research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and travel behavior in Western Europe and North America. His research falls into three areas: the influence of transport policy, land use, and socio-demographics on travel behavior; bicycling, walking, and public health; and public transport demand, supply, and regional coordination. Including national and international best practices, his work informs policymakers at local, regional, and federal levels. Dr. Buehler is the author or coauthor of reports to the German and U.S. federal governments, the Brookings Institution, and BMW as well as over 25 refereed articles in academic journals in the area of urban planning, public health, and transport. Dr. Buehler is co-editor of the forthcoming book City Cycling (MIT Press) that offers a guide to urban cycling in Western Europe and North America. In 2008, Dr. Buehler’s dissertation comparing travel behavior and transport policy in Germany and the U.S. was selected as the best dissertation in planning by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Dr. Buehler is the incoming Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Bicycle Transportation.

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