Cyclescapes of the Unequal City: Bicycle Infrastructure and Uneven Development
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About the Author
John G. Stehlin is research associate in the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester.
"In a strong wake-up call to current cycling policy in North American cities, John G. Stehlin gives us the best study yet of why the bicycle is failing to meet its emancipatory potential. Focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area, Detroit, and Philadelphia, he shows how business-friendly bike advocacy leads to an inequitable 'cyclescape' grounded in racialized disinvestment and green gentrification. Tracing developments from Critical Mass to wheelie crews, and from mobility-as-a-service to Vision Zero, this comparative study underlines how race, class, and gender are formed in relation to mobility practices in urban space. For anyone interested in mobility justice, this book is a necessary read."--Mimi Sheller, author of Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes
"Through rigorous empirical research and thoughtful analysis, John G. Stehlin illuminates the emergence of a complex politics of mobility that stems from the intersection of cycling and urban change."--Kathe Newman, Rutgers University
"This is an excellent investigation of the role of cycling in remaking of the street. With a close eye on the relationship between cycling and urban transformation in North America, John G. Stehlin offers a lucid and important analysis of how cycling becomes caught up in exclusionary relations between race, gentrification, and the city. Cycling becomes an infrastructure of both sustainability and economic exclusion. Yet, as Stehlin shows, it can also become part of a more hopeful and progressive politics for the city."--Colin McFarlane, Durham University