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.
On the research side of things, 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.
On the activist side of things, I consult with both 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 big supporter of the work of Elly Blue.