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Nationaal Fietscongress NL Keynote
Transcript of Nationaal Fietscongress NL Keynote
Faculty of Technology Design & the Environment
Cyclists’ identities and practices have been shaped by acclimatization to current hostile cycling conditions to the extent that they sometimes struggle to understand why more people don’t cycle. And in so doing, they inadvertently perpetuate their identity as part of a ‘velomobile elite’.
To develop a better understanding of how the design of the built environment and technology shapes older peoples engagement with, and experience of cycling, and how this affects their independent mobility, health and wellbeing.
Independence & control = wellbeing
...on cycling in London
Bicycle use as
per cent of all journeys
made by people age 65 and over.
UK = 1
DE = 9
DK = 15
NE = 23
Cycling in an ageing society: a critical mobilities perspective
Cycling research is...
"Process of optimizing opportunities for health participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age."
'Critical mobilities' approach to research (Jensen, 2013)
Older people must constitute part of the cycling landscape when imaging future mobility -
important indicator species of any just velomobile society.
cycle BOOM will:
develop a series of recommendations for various institutions to improve opportunities for older cycling;
formulate an urban design vocabulary for cycling and tool to assist designers attend to the experiential, rather than just the instrumental, components of cycling*
(*cf. Ann Forsyth & Kevin Krizek (2011) Urban Design: Is there a. Distinctive View from the Bicycle?,
Journal of Urban Design
Electric Bike Trial
8 week loan period
Min 3 x 30 mins use per week
Measure cognitive function and wellbeing at beginning and end
Pedal and control group
Diary of Cycling Experience (DoCE) & GPS