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The sociality of cycling

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Publication date14/12/2022
Host publicationRoutledge Companion to Cycling
EditorsGlen Norcliffe, Una Brogan, Peter Cox, Boyang Gao, Tony Hadland, Shiela Hanlon, Tim Jones, Nicholas Oddy, Luis Vivanco
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (electronic)9781003142041
ISBN (print)9780367683993
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The "sociality" of cycling has broader ramifications for mobility transitions. While infrastructure engineering and other planning efforts may "attract" more cyclists to the roads, we introduce key aspects of the culture of bicycle mobility, which is boosted by social movements like Critical Mass, and organizations including community bike workshops. They respond to particular social needs across race, class and gender, but also create broader "demand" for cycling, through socialization, enlisting new cyclists, lobbying, and bike-friendly actions. The "bikespace", drawing on Lefebvre, forms the "software" that complements, and builds, a cycling culture.