A further abstract: The Social Provision of Sustainable Urban Mobility (Dr Peter Cox)

The Social Provision of Sustainable Urban Mobility: an overview

“Sustainable urban mobility poses a number of important challenges for the way we understand and the values we attach to public life and the spaces in our cities. How we seek to provide mobility for whom, and the priorities we give to different ways and means of moving people around our cities raise questions of values and of justice. Issues of equity, social inclusion, sustainability, private and public spaces, individual and collective life are intertwined in any consideration of the future of urban transport.

This presentation seeks to give an outline of the many and varied connections and interests involved, conflicts arising, and suggests ways in which resolution may be achieved using existing international case studies. It tentatively suggests that planning for just and sustainable urban mobility may be an important way to achieve greater equality beyond traditional welfare provision.

Where urban centres are accessible and inviting for all sections of the population, there are a number of preconditions about social justice that are concurrent with notions of both public space and the public sphere. The provision of accessible and affordable transport, and free in the relevant places, is but one part of an agenda for change, but one of great tactical importance in the reshaping of our attitudes towards social relations.”

Dr Peter Cox is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Communication Studies at the University of Chester and teachs on the Sociology and the Politics programmes, with particular responsibility in the areas of Social Change and Social Movements. His research is primarily in the area of sustainable mobility, with particular reference to the sociology of cycling. He has published extensively around these topics and his latest book ‘Moving People: Sustainable Transport Development’ (2010) is available from Zed Books.



About Free Public Transport Research Group

My name is Bob Jeffery I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Salford exploring the links between mobility and inequality in deprived neighbourhoods. Transport is only one aspect of my research and I am also interested in themes of residential mobility and migration. I have further interests in social research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and urban studies and social theory more generally. My research profile can be found at: http://salford.academia.edu/BobJeffery
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One Response to A further abstract: The Social Provision of Sustainable Urban Mobility (Dr Peter Cox)

  1. David Usher says:

    Some general comments:

    The diamond frame of bicycles is probably the best all round shape. Starley got to it very quickly, even so it has not been bettered which suggests that convergence of design would arrive at the same solution. Other forms while having individual advantages do not have the general adaptability of the diamond frame.

    No mention is made of power assisted, or powered bicycles. 1-2kW is all that is needed to widen the appeal of cycling. Especially in hilly areas and for those who generally consider themselves not fit enough to cycle.

    Currently such systems are restricted to battery systems. IC systems are not permitted within current legislation. this is a pity as allowing IC power assisted bicycles the same status as battery assisted machines would enable the use of the more compact energy storage such machines can use. There is no reason why the fuel has to be petrol. Gas, in the form of cylinders used for camp cooking could be used and looking forward this is a great area for zero emission hydrogen IC engines.

    As far as public roads are concerned the greatest hazard when cycling is caused by parked cars narrowing the road. If a road is not wide enough to accommodate parked cars and a cycle lane then parking should be prohibited.

    Roads are for travelling on, not for parking on.

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