This session was co-sponsored by the TGRG and the Geography of Health Research Group (GHRG). It brought together what appeared to be an eclectic mix of presentations exploring the contribution of geographers’ research in active modes.
Firstly Anna Davidson’s‘A political ecology of the body in urban cycling’, looked at the potential for new theoretical approaches to understanding the interaction between the cyclist and their environ, then Esther Rind and colleagues used a modelling approach to explore whether a measure of environmental quality impacts upon active travel behaviours. David Lindelöw presented a compelling argument for more research into walking as a mode of transport, then drew on principal component analysis to examine factors influencing walking. His work drew parallels with Maslow’s hierarchy of need after the work of Alfonzo (2005). Rachel Lee and Rebecca Johnson each presented case studies evaluating interventions to encourage active travel, using a Pecha Kucha style; a copy of Rachel’s can be view below. Rachel focussed upon how Living Streets’ community partnership approach to delivering environmental improvement encouraged walking, whilst Rebecca evaluated the role of adult cycle training in promoting confidence in Tower Hamlets. Each emphasised the ability of simple and relatively cheap interventions to facilitate behavioural change.
The session proved that despite the breath in approach, in reality there was a strong link between each paper with themes such as community, health, the built environment, policy (and in some case politics) and practice being emphasised throughout.
Rachel Lee’s pecha kucha presentation.
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