Cycling, Society and Social Justice

Cycling, Society and Social Justice

Cycling and Society Research Group Annual Symposium 2019
Scientists For Cycling network

Hosted by the Department of Social and Political Science,
University of Chester, UK
2-3 September, 2019

Mobility Justice is increasingly important as a primary theme for understanding contemporary mobilities and in shaping imaginaries of future mobilities. A number of recent works point to the need to engage with considerations of mobility justice in the context of cycling research. For example, studies observing connections between cycling promotion and gentrification in the USA have questioned easy assumptions that increased investment in cycling is automatically a social good for all sectors of the population.

This symposium focuses attention on issues of social justice, and on the ways in which cycling has affected social inclusion and exclusion, both past and present. Its aim is to build a better understanding of relationships between cycling and social justice and to extend the scope of cycling researches to address more clearly the social and political implications of changing mobilities and how different cycling practices might engender different forms of social inclusion and exclusion. Similarly, conventional emphasis on travel time in mobility planning needs to be problematized in relation to its effects upon cycling and social justice.

Thinking through the relations of cycling and social inclusion will necessarily require considerations of class, gender, age  and ethnicity alongside better incorporation of the implications of different bodily abilities and capacities. Accessibility is important in thinking through urban mobilities but parallel considerations of autonomy remain relatively under-examined. The governance of different stakeholders and social movements as they affect practices and policies can also have equity implications, so it is also important to consider intersections of cycling with other social activisms for social inclusion and creative change.

Symposium Schedule

** An updated provisional outine programme is available here **

On Monday 2nd the symposium will take place in the Beswick Building on Chester Main Campus from at 9.15 to 17.00. Registration will open at 08.30., coffee and lunch provided. In the evening, there will be a chance to eat in town and an optional discussion meeting with local cycle campaign groups from 19.30

Sessions on Tuesday 3rd will run from 9-4, followed by book launches and celebrations

In addition, we are organising a number of site visits and workshop sessions on Sunday 1st and Wednesday 3rd. Sunday will showcase Local cycling facilities and tourism initiatives, with repeat sessions on Wednesday, along with visits to local inclusive cycling projects. These can be booked through the CSRG website and a donation to local project work is encouraged. A social get together will take place on the Sunday evening.

Full details will be available on the CSRG Website



Accommodation, including University accommodation, can be booked seperately through


£50 for the full symposium 2nd and 3rd of September
£25 per day for one-day attendance on the 2nd or the 3rd September (includes coffees and lunches).
£5 contribution on the day per session for activities on Sunday and Wednesday

Pre-symposium social, Evening meals and accommodation extra. Accommodation on campus will be available 

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