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

Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. Why culture matters for transport policy: the case of cycling in the UK. Journal of Transport Geography, 34, pp. 78-87. ISSN 0966-6923 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Policy seeks to support cycling as a form of sustainable and active travel, yet, cycling levels in the UK remain low and evidence about interventions mixed. Data from a qualitative sociological study is used here to explore the difference that cultural meanings make to cycling practices in four different English urban areas. Specifically, we discuss differences between places with established cycling cultures and those with newer cycling cultures. Drawing on concepts from practice theory we discuss the role that cultures of cycling play within the four places, and suggest how the meanings of cycling, including its association with other social identities, are connected to the materials and competences seen as necessary for cycling. Our research highlights the embedding of transport in local as well as national cultures, and the associated need for policy-makers to take culture seriously in considering how to shift transport practices.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.11.004

Keywords:

Cycling; Culture; Identity; Practice theory; UK

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
January 2014Published

Item ID:

10799

Date Deposited:

24 Oct 2014 13:42

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 17:50

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10799

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