Subject: RGS-IBG 2018 Session CfA: Cycle and bike-sharing accessibility and
equity in the changing urban transport landscape. Deadline 5th Feb
The 2018 The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International
be held at Cardiff University in Cardiff, from Tuesday 28 to Friday 31
August 2018. The chair's theme for the 2018 Annual Conference is
Geographical landscapes / changing landscapes of geography.
Esther Anaya (Imperial College London, UK), Angela Curl (University of
Canterbury, NZ) and Julie Clark (University of the West of Scotland, UK)
invite abstracts for consideration for the following Transport Geography
Research Group <https://tgrg.wordpress.com/>-sponsored session:
Title: Cycle and bike-sharing accessibility and equity in the changing
urban transport landscape.
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
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
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
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words indicating title, author(s) and
affiliation(s) by Monday 5 February 2018 to Esther Anaya <
[log in to unmask]>, Angela Curl <[log in to unmask]> and
Julie Clark <[log in to unmask]>.
TGRG has a small prize for the best postgraduate presentation in any TGRG
session at the RGS-IBG 2018 Conference. If you wish to enter for the
Postgraduate Prize a full paper should be submitted to the Chair and
Secretary of TGRG prior to the conference date for judging. For more
information and to find out about entry criteria please contact TGRG
postgraduate rep Deborah Mifsud ([log in to unmask]).
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