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‘On the outside’: constructing cycling citizenship

Aldred, Rachel (2010) ‘On the outside’: constructing cycling citizenship. Social & Cultural Geography, 11 (1). pp. 35-52. ISSN 1464-9365

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360903414593

Abstract

This paper uses in-depth interview data from Cambridge, England, to discuss the concept of the ‘cycling citizen’, exploring how, within heavily-motorised countries, the practice of cycling might affect perceptions of the self in relation to natural and social environments. Participants portrayed cycling as a practice traversing independence and interdependence, its mix of benefits for the individual and the collective making it an appropriate response to contemporary social problems. In this paper I describe how this can be interpreted as based on a specific notion of cycling citizenship rooted in the embodied practice of cycling in Cambridge (a relatively high cycling enclave within the low-cycling UK). This notion of cycling citizenship does not dictate political persuasion, but carries a distinctive perspective on the proper relation of the individual to their environment, privileging views ‘from outside’ the motor-car.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:11177
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