1st Edition

Cycling Societies Innovations, Inequalities and Governance

Edited By Dennis Zuev, Katerina Psarikidou, Cosmin Popan Copyright 2021
    296 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines emerging debates and questions around cycling to critically analyse and challenge dominant framings and prevalent conventions of ‘good cycling’.  

    Cycling Societies brings to light the plurality of voices and forms of cycling in other societies, revealing the diversity and complexity of cycling across different socio-political regimes, geographies and cultures. It presents case studies from five continents and demonstrates the need of thinking comparatively about cycling and urban environments. The book pivots around the three themes of innovations, inequalities and governance and engages a diversity of voices: world-renowned academics in the field of cycling and urban mobility, cycling activists and transportation consultants.  

    Synthesising academic contributions with policy briefs, this innovative book will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners of sustainable transportation, urban planning and mobility studies.

    1. Introduction: Cycling Societies: Innovations, Inequalities and Governance

    Dennis Zuev, Katerina Psarikidou and Cosmin Popan

    Part 1: Innovations

    2. Integrated Cycling Policy: A Framework Proposal for a Research-Connected Cycling Policy Innovation

    Esther Anaya Boig

    3. Smart Cycling: Meaning, Experience and Governance

    Anna Nikolaeva, Marco Te Brömmelstroet, Rob Raven and James Ranson

    4. Equity and Design in the Smart Bikeshare Sector

    Robert Bradshaw

    5. Towards a New Stage of Institutionalization? Current Transition Dynamics in the System of E-Bike Mobility in China

    Dennis Zuev

    6. The Potential for E-Bikes in Everyday Life Cycling Practices: Experiments and commuting in Greater Copenhagen

    Oskar Jäger Funk and Jonas Larsen

    Part 2: Inequalities

    7. Researching Cycling Inequalities: Moving Towards More Sustainable Cycling Societies

    Katerina Psarikidou

    8. Can a Safe Cycling City Be an Inclusive Cycling City? Findings on Gendered Cycling from São Paulo, Brazil

    Marina Kohler Harkot, Leticia Lindenberg Lemos and Paula Freire Santoro

    9. Feminine Velonomy: Women's Experiences of Bicycle Repair and Maintenance in France and Australia

    Margot Abord De Chatillon

    10. Invisible Cyclists? Acknowledging the Needs and Rights of Disabled Cyclists

    Neil Andrews and Isabelle Clement

    11. New Wilderness Mobilities: Cycling Against Climate Change, Mass Extinction and Habitat Destruction

    Nicholas A. Scott

    12. The Fine Art of Cycling: Bicycles, Modernity and Political Art

    Bruce Bennett

    Part 3: Governance

    13. Understanding Cycling Regime Transition and Inequality in the Global South: Case Study of an Indian Megacity

    Bipashyee Ghosh and Fariya Sharmeen

    14. Cycling for Change? Exploring the Role of Carbon Consciousness Among Cape Town’s Intentional Cyclists

    Gail Jennings

    15. Algorithmic Governance in the Gig Economy: Entrepreneurialism and Solidarity Amongst Food Delivery Workers

    Cosmin Popan

    16. We Need More Than Plans: A Brief Analysis of the Cycling Policy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    Guilherme Tampieri

    17. Leveraging a Design Manual to Move Towards Excellence in Cycling Infrastructure in Colombia

    Thomas Van Laake and Patricia Calderón Peña

    18. Afterword: Towards Cycling Societies: When a Crisis Has the Potential to Create a New Cycling Path Dependence

    Dominic Villeneuve


    Dennis Zuev is an assistant professor at City University of Macau, Macau SAR, China, and associate researcher at CIES-ISCTE, IUL, and Instituto do Oriente, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

    Katerina Psarikidou is a lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, UK.

    Cosmin Popan is a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow working in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

    "Cycling Societies is testament to the fact that cycling is in fact constituting societies. From smart e-bike solutions over gendered biking policies to nature explorations on bikes, Zuev, Psarikidou and Popan have collected an important and timely set of entries from some of the leading cycling scholars. A must read for cyclists and cycle activists, as well as for those who make the frame conditions for cycling." -- Ole B. Jensen, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

    "The most comprehensive and up-to-date research on cycling innovations and inequalities around the world. Cycling Societies unwraps the transformations and governance of cycling in cities in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, when so many cities are politically conflicted over the adoption of cycling-friendly policies and the expansion of cycle paths, bike sharing systems and "smart" data collection. This volume is a timely reminder of the diversity of cycling and its complex relationship with automobility and urban space." -- Mimi Sheller, Drexel University, USA

    "At the cutting edge of transport research and a gathering of great ideas. Essential reading to all of those around the world that are trying to deliver sustainable transport. If you want to view the future of transport and gain an understanding of how we can make this happen then this book is the place to start." -- Brian Deegan, Urban Movement, Principal Design Engineer, UK, and co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards at Transport for London (2014)

    "Cycling Societies provides refreshing and new perspectives on the role and status of cycling in the modern city. The editors and authors show how cycling provides a powerful lens to look at diversity and the plurality of forms of emerging innovations, new inequalities and new forms of governance. Building on a wide range of insightful contributions from both academics and practitioners across the world, it is a brilliant book that shows the bicycle as a social, technological system existing in relation to the car and the plurality of cycling societies." -- Marianne Ryghaug, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Head of Center for Energy, Climate and Environment at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.