Currently the UK faces major policy challenges including climate change, economic crisis, and the rise in limiting, costly illnesses linked to low levels of physical activity. Transport contributes to these problems, and active transport - walking and cycling - could be part of the solution; green, cheap, and offering an obvious way for many people to get the daily exercise they need. However, we need more evidence about how active transport levels could be increased.

This project will focus on cycling, studying four relatively high-cycling areas and trying to find out why cycling thrives in these areas. In these areas, it is likely that many residents who cycle regularly would not do so if they lived elsewhere in the UK. Their experiences are important for understanding processes through which cycling becomes "normal".

The four chosen areas - Cambridge, Hackney, Hull, and Bristol - have different social, spatial, and political characteristics. The project will use a mix of qualitative methods to analyse components of different cycling cultures, and how inclusive they are of different social groups. It will investigate how people think about and practise cycling within each locality, and explain how cycling provides particular ways of experiencing the four places.



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Transport in the Media

Organiser: Rachel Aldred Date: 30 April 2014 Organised event

Cultures of Cycling

Speaker: Rachel Aldred Date: 30 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

"No One Likes Us, We Don't Care?" Cycling, identity and stigma

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 30 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Healthy and sustainable transport systems: an overlooked social justice agenda

Speaker: Rachel Aldred Date: 05 March 2014 Presentation/lecture

Cycling Stigma: why it matters for policy and practice

Speaker: Rachel Aldred Date: 18 February 2014 Seminar/workshop

Barts Charity seminar on cycle safety

Participant: Rachel Aldred Date: 18 February 2014 Dissemination / Communication

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Who are Londoners on bikes and what do they want? : negotiating identity and issue definition in a ‘pop-up’ cycle campaign

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 01 January 2014 Journal article

Newsnight

Interviewee: Rachel Aldred Date: 11 December 2013 Dissemination / Communication

Interview on 'Woman's Hour', Radio 4

Interviewee: Rachel Aldred Date: 11 December 2013 Dissemination / Communication

Why culture matters for transport policy: the case of cycling in the UK

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 06 December 2013 Journal article

London's Two-Wheeled Revolution

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 02 December 2013 Video

Postwar Cycling Policy

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 13 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

What Makes Cycling Culture Thrive: A tale of four cities

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 13 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

Making Cycling Normal

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 13 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

How to reach a critical mass of cycling that flips cycling into the mainstream and behavioural changes needed for individual and political acceptability

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 13 July 2013 Presentation/lecture

Cycling’s Sensory Strategies: How Cyclists Mediate their Exposure to the Urban Environment

Author: Katrina Jungnickel Date: 14 June 2013 Journal article

Journal of Transport Geography

Editor: Rachel Aldred Date: 01 June 2013 Journal issue

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

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 13 May 2013 Journal article

'Londoners, not cyclists'? New cycling advocacy in London

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 16 April 2013 Seminar/workshop

Is Cycling Normal? A cultural approach to transport

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 16 April 2013 Seminar/workshop

Cycling and transport sociology

Interviewee: Rachel Aldred Date: 26 February 2013 Dissemination / Communication

The case against the car

Speaker: Rachel Aldred Date: 26 February 2013 Presentation/lecture

How can we get Britain cycling?

Speaker: Rachel Aldred Date: 26 February 2013 Dissemination / Communication

Incompetent or too competent? : negotiating everyday cycling identities in a motor dominated society

Author: Rachel Aldred Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

London Cycling Campaign trustee

Participant: Rachel Aldred Date: 12 December 2012 Board/Council/Panel

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Start date
01 January 2010
End date
31 December 2011
Grant holder
Dr Rachel Aldred
Grant amount
£210,182.19
Grant reference
RES-061-25-0390
Discipline
Sociology
Grant type