cycling formed a major transformation of urban mobility between the early 1950s and the 1980s, 22 but how did they coevolve and how did this transformation unfold? These questions have not been specifically addressed in previous studies, which have mostly
The Transformation of Urban Mobility Practices in Maastricht (1950–1980)
Coevolution of Cycling and Car Mobility
Marc Dijk, Anique Hommels, and Manuel Stoffers
The Contribution of Car Sharing to the Sustainable Mobility Transition
Emma Terama, Juha Peltomaa, Catarina Rolim, and Patrícia Baptista
speeding up the mobility transition, we will need to reconcile and enhance the collective transport and personal mobility axes of urban mobility. Giorgio Ambrosino and colleagues 4 propose as a solution enhancing integrated and Patricia Baptista and “open
A Visual Inquiry into Pandemic Disruptions of Urban Railway Mobilities in Tokyo
essay zooms in on urban mobilities that, at least partially, withstood the decelerating effect of virus-induced societal transformations. As a visual inquiry into the experiences of commuters on Tokyo's railway network during the city's first “state of
Tension between Fast and Slow Mobilities
Examining the Infrastructuring Processes in Brussels (1950–2019) through the Lens of Social Imaginaries
the responsible public authority, another explanation of this narrow focus is linked to a promoted mobility mode, which was walking. Where the car encourages sprawl, the promotion of more urban mobilities as walking tends to produce the opposite effect
A Genealogy of Sexual Harassment of Female Passengers in Buenos Aires Public Transport
Dhan Zunino Singh
Cresswell, Gendered Mobilities (Farnham: Ashgate, 2008), 1. 10 John Urry, Mobilities (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007); Ole Jensen, “Flows of Meaning, Cultures of Movements: Urban Mobility as Meaningful Everyday Life Practice,” Mobilities 4, no. 1
Making Mass Transit Serve the Public: Social Dimensions of Urban Mobility in Historical Perspective
This article considers recent scholarship on the social dimensions of mass transit in the United States. It focuses on historical struggles to make urban conveyances serve the public and demonstrates that access to mass transit has been continually contested through legal challenges, economic boycotts, and everyday practice.
When One Becomes Two
Man–Machine Hybridization in Urban Cyclists with Broken Bikes
Lou Therese Brandner
In the Netherlands, where cycling is part of the “national habitus,” bicycle infrastructure is remarkably similar to car infrastructure. This article explores man–machine hybridization in the context of this spatial environment made for bikes, analyzing it through notions of human/nonhuman hybrids, cyborg bodies, and automobilized persons. The perceptions of urban cyclists who temporarily cannot cycle are explored, based on interviews with bike repair shop customers in Amsterdam. How does a broken bike impact their perception of themselves and the city? Within the sample, cyclists attribute an essential, corporeal value to their vehicles, regarding them as extensions of the body. Cycling is considered the natural way of moving through urban space, associated with freedom and independence; switching to public transportation induces feelings of dependence and handicap.
Andrew Barnfield, Annika Lindberg, Aliou Ly, Liz Montegary, Michael Nattrass, Emma Park, Anna Plyushteva, Daniel Newman, Rebecca A. Adelman, Beth E. Notar, and Stephen Zigmund
. Vanishing Point? The City after the Car Venkat Sumantran, Charles Fine and David Gonsalvez, Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (Massachusetts: The MIT Press), 326 pp, $29.95 In Faster, Smarter, Greener , Venkat
Rickshaw Pullers and the Cycle of Unsustainability in Dhaka City
M. Maksudur Rahman and Md. Assadekjaman
Rickshaw pullers are key to sustaining urban mobility in Dhaka city. Yet they are among the most marginalized members of society. Pullers live in precarious urban environments and struggle to rise out of a chronic poverty trap. In their work they face the daily challenges of restrictions on their activities, harassment from passengers and the traffic police, traffic jams and accidents. This article explores the factors which contribute to the unsustainable lifestyles of rickshaw pullers in Dhaka city. It suggests that rickshaw pullers might be supported better through licenses, economic incentives, and by prioritizing their contribution to improving Dhaka's traffic system.
Towards a Cultural History of Underground Railways
Dhan Zunino Singh
Considering ‘urban mobility as an important everyday life practice that produces meaning and culture,’ the present review discusses underground railway history in cultural terms. Following Colin Divall and George Revill, culture is understood here as representations and practices, and the underground railway ‘as mediation between the imaginable and the material.’ This review does not cover the prolific literature about this topic, but gathers perspectives from within and beyond transport or mobility history to contribute to a historical and comparative assessment of spatial representations and practices related to the production and uses of this subterranean mode of transport. The sources of these perspectives are Benson Bobrick’s Labyrinths of Iron, Rosalind Williams’s Notes on the Underground, Michael Brooks’s Subway City, David Pike’s Subterranean Cities, and Andrew Jenks’s A Metro of the Mount.