UK architect Charlie Palmer travelled the world to find out which megacities are best for cycling for daily commuting. Increasing concerns on sustainability, climate change and pollution in crowded cities are pushing megacities to control car use while making cycling easier and safer. Charlie Palmer examined these developments in fast growing megacities in Brazil, China and India. According to him, a cycling megacity is one that helps keep residents healthy and where people are more productive at work, live longer and are happier.
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The writer was awarded the RIBA Norman Travelling Scholarship to research on how developing-country megacities foster a mass culture of cycling.