How could remaking the streets change local communities? What happens when we think of the streets as public space? What are the benefits and limitations of using bicycling as a tool to reclaim streets as public space and improve community livability?
As bicycles grow in popularity as a way of getting around, cities internationally are installing more bike lanes, growing bike share systems, and closing down major thoroughfares to cars on Sundays. Radical bike projects, such as do-it-yourself bike reuse spaces, critical mass, and queer-friendly bicycle rides also proliferate. My work examines how pleasure and other embodied sensations are mobilized as a value and ethic in these movements to justify changing spatial politics.
This project emerges from my activist and advocacy work in bicycling, as well as previous research collaborations.
I co-founded the Bicicultures research group, a collection of researchers who study bicycling from a cultural perspective. I am also collaborating with Susan Handy, the Director of Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis, on a study of why people like to bike.
I am a participant in The Untokening Collective, and helped to put together the Principles of Mobility Justice and Untokening Mobility: Beyond Pavement, Paint, and Place. I have consulted with the League of American Bicyclists and Bike SD. Previously, I served as a commissioner on the Davis Bike Advisory Commission and was a core volunteer at the Davis Bike Collective, a do-it-yourself bike repair space. I am also a member of the Wheelwomen Switchboard and supporter of the work of Elly Blue.