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Governing mobilities on the UK canal network

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  • Maarja Kaaristo
  • Dominic Medway
  • Jamie Burton
  • Steven Rhoden
  • Helen Bruce
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>26/08/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Mobilities
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date26/08/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper examines mobility governance in an environment where varied mobility practices occur. Drawing on a quasi-ethnography of canal users in England and Wales, we discuss how multiple mobilities (including boating, walking, cycling and running) are practised in the relatively confined and linear spaces of canals and adjacent towpaths, and often at the same time. We demonstrate how these different yet intertwined modes of movement, and their associated tempos, are governed through creative interplays of freedom and control, and hierarchy and etiquette. These findings give rise to wider questions regarding the potentialities of governmobility – i.e. a system in which mobilities are able to govern themselves. Our conclusion, therefore, explores how the governance of mobilities on the UK canal network might offer insight, or a ‘watery blueprint’, for mobility governance in other shared spaces. This includes exploring the debates between giving citizens greater freedom and agency to negotiate their own mobility juxtapositions and tensions, versus imposing upon them stricter rule-based systems of mobility regulation.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mobilities on 26/08/2020, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2020.1806507