The landscape of urban transport is ever changing, and doing it faster than ever, to the point that “disruption is the new normal”. Cycling, cycle infrastructure and public bike sharing schemes are increasingly part of the dynamic urban transport landscape. The benefits of cycling have been widely documented and evidenced but more knowledge is needed to assess whether these benefits are at reach of all the population groups. While cycling, cycle infrastructure and public bike sharing schemes offer the potential to be socially inclusive, shift the focus away from car-based society and provide opportunities for interaction for those marginalised by private car based mobility, the reality is often different. Cyclists in general and users of public bike sharing schemes tend to have higher incomes, high levels of formal education, and are disproportionately white, middle aged and male.
But cycling inequalities are complex. They have been related to the generation of resistance or hostility towards the presence of cyclists or cycling facilities in the streets, known as “bikelash”. They can potentially contribute to gentrification processes, in which only an advantaged part of the society receives the benefits of cycling policies. Newly implemented bicycle paths and bike share schemes have been critiqued on issues of equity and gentrification, particularly in the US.
Inclusive cycling mobilities are related to the use of space, in which power relations take place and need to be considered. Inequality issues become crucial to ensure a transition towards a more sustainable and just mobility future.
We welcome papers exploring accessibility and equity issues for cycling and bike sharing, including, but not limited to:
• Evaluation of cycling, cycling infrastructure and the use of bike share (including dockless schemes) among those likely to be excluded or with additional mobility needs: Elderly, migrants and refugees, women, ethnic minorities, disabled and lower income groups.
• Inclusiveness of new cycling mobility services such as dockless/floating bikeshare schemes and more widely, of the new technologies applied to cycling mobility, for example: the use of apps, sensors, electronic devices.
• Approaches to inclusive urban transport policies relating to cycling and bike sharing.
• Empirical or conceptual papers on cycling inequalities, justice, power relations and inclusivity.
Keywords: cycling, bikesharing, equity, inclusive mobilities, mobility justice.
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words indicating title, author(s) and affiliation(s) by Monday 5 February 2018 to Esther Anaya firstname.lastname@example.org, Angela Curl email@example.com and Julie Clark Julie.Clark@uws.ac.uk.