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Constructing mobile places between ‘leisure’ and ‘transport’: a case study of two group cycle rides

Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina (2012) Constructing mobile places between ‘leisure’ and ‘transport’: a case study of two group cycle rides. Sociology, 46 (3). pp. 523-539. ISSN 0038-0385

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038511428752


This article contributes to a growing literature examining the sociological significance of mobile places, exploring mobile place-making through an analysis of the practice of weekend group leisure cycling. These rides represent a mobility practice where the main aim of participants may be ‘leisure’ but most infrastructure used is designated for ‘transport’. Using ethnographic methods, the article provides an analysis of rhythm, positioning and communication on two group rides, one from Hull into the East Yorkshire countryside and one in London. External (including motor traffic flow and route type) and internal (including group composition and experience) factors shape the relationship between the riders and their ride, and hence the mobile places that they co-create. The article argues that cyclists riding in groups create distinctively flexible social spaces. These group cycling practices variously challenge, mimic and adapt to the motorized orientation of much road space.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:11173
Deposited On:15 Oct 2012 14:36
Last Modified:24 Jun 2013 16:28

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