Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2024

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



IBE and Finance

Program or Major

IBE and Finance Dual-Major

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Noele Lee


This thesis explores the feasibility of implementing the Dutch Biking System in the United States, focusing on Portsmouth NH as a potential candidate for such infrastructure development. By analyzing the history of bicycles, the Dutch biking system, and the American biking system, the study aims to establish the need for enhanced biking infrastructure in the U.S. The research outlines a comprehensive implementation plan based on cost considerations and project scope, with a long-term vision spanning several decades. Key stakeholders, including civil engineers, communications specialists, and data analysts, play crucial roles in designing, promoting, and evaluating the biking infrastructure. The study also considers policy changes, public awareness campaigns, and data-driven metrics to measure the success of the project. Through qualitative analysis of Portsmouth's current bike lanes and interviews with experts, the thesis highlights the town's readiness for embracing a Dutch-style biking system. The anticipated benefits include improved safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and enhanced community satisfaction. Overall, the research underscores Portsmouth's potential to lead the way in sustainable transportation solutions, with implications for other U.S. cities looking to prioritize cycling infrastructure development.