Matter in or out of place? Bicycle parking strategies and their effects on people, practices and places

Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina (2013) Matter in or out of place? Bicycle parking strategies and their effects on people, practices and places. Social & Cultural Geography, 14 (6). pp. 604-624. ISSN 1464-9365

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Abstract

This study explores what bicycle parking strategies tell us about the place of mobility objects in contemporary urban streetscapes. It examines the bicycle's liminality by combining approaches from practice theory with Mary Douglas' concept of ‘matter out of place’. Much research on cycling has concentrated on the bicycle in movement, yet in our research, based in four relatively high-cycling English urban areas, a common theme was concern about the bicycle when not in use. Bicycles at rest were perceived as threatened or threatening, risky or at-risk; affected by theft, vandalism, the weather, official and familial disapproval. In the study, we link this to the tenuous place of urban cycling in England; while bicycle ownership is widespread, everyday cycling remains marginalised and this shapes the place of the bicycle resting on city streets, in homes and in workplaces. Bicycles waiting for their owners are often ‘matter out of place’. This is seen within the context of broader motorised landscapes which have made driving easier through locating driving competences in the car itself, while comparable cycling competences remain on the outside—with the cyclist.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 14:46
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2015 11:31
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/12757

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