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Ralph Buehler

Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP)
Ralph Buehler
900 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Office: 6-012
  • Ph.D., Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, 2008
  • M.S., Public Policy and Management, Universität Konstanz (Germany), 2003
  • M.S., City and Regional Planning, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, 2002


  • Sustainable Urban Transportation
  • Travel Behavior
  • Bicycling and Walking
  • Active Travel and Public Health
  • Public Transportation
  • Transportation Policy
  • International Comparative Urban Transportation
  • SPIA/HNFE 2314: Active Transport for a Healthy Sustainable Planet
  • UAP 5224: Planning Methods and Technologies
  • UAP 5644: Transportation Systems Planning
  • UAP 5794: Environmental Plan Studio
  • UAP 5864: Topics in Transportation Policy and Planning
  • UAP 3954/5954: Sustainable Policy Making & Planning in Europe


  • Buehler, R., Pucher, J. (eds). 2021. Cycling for Sustainable Cities. MIT Press. (465 pages)
  • Pucher, J., Buehler, R. (eds.) 2012. City Cycling. MIT Press (416 pages).

Peer-reviewed articles (selection)

  • U.S. National Park Service (NPS), Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Counters in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Fall 2021-2023
  • SPIN/Ford/Safety-Through-Disruption UTC, Studying E-Scooter Deployment on Campus, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. My role: Co-PI, collecting and analyzing rider survey data, 2019/2020.
  • Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (MATS), Planning for walking and cycling in an automated vehicle future. My role: PI, 2017-2018.
  • European Commission & UN Habitat. State of European Cities Report. Chapter on urban transport. My role: PI (joint), 2015-2016.
  • Transforming Urban Transport, Harvard University & Volvo Foundation, Case Study Vienna, Austria, My role: PI for Virginia Tech part of study, 2014-2015.

Most of Ralph’s research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and travel behavior in Western Europe and North America. Ralph’s research interests include:

(1) the influence of transport policy, land use, and socio-demographics on travel behavior;

(2) active travel and public health; and

(3) public transport demand, supply, regional coordination, and financial efficiency.