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Two-day event to explore tensions in planning for cycling at TCD this September

Cycling and Society Research Group Annual Symposium — normally hosted at UK universities — is to run this year from September 7-8 at Trinity College Dublin.

The group and Centre for Transport Research at TCD made a call for contributions today.

They said: “We welcome papers from all research disciplines – social sciences, humanities and STEM – and papers drawing on experiential, applied and local knowledges from sustainable transport professionals and campaigners. We are open to papers that are methodological, empirical, artistic and theoretical in content.”

“In car-dominant contexts, planning for cycling is politically contentious – particularly when it involves redistributing rights to space. Proposals for cycleways that reallocate road space, for example, can be criticised as out of touch with what are considered to be the genuine needs of locals for a variety of activities where cycling simply cannot substitute the car,” the call for submissions said.

The organisers are looking to explore issues such as how cycling projects are seen as causing ‘traffic chaos’, how reallocation of space can be called ‘ableist ‘interventions that further reduce the accessibility for disabled people, and, at the other scale, how cycling provision can fail to be adequate enough.

They added: “On the basis of this broad interest in the critical tensions of planning for cycling, for this symposium, we are primarily interested in papers that relate to the socio-political dimensions of planning cycling systems in the context of intensifying climate change.“

Contributions in one of the doweling formats: (1) Paper Presentation: 15 minute paper presentation with subsequent panel/audience discussion with remote presentations welcome, and (2) Exploratory / Debate Session: collective exploratory discussions and/or debate session around a particular theme or set of questions relevant to the conference.

The deadline for submission abstracts of 250 words maximum to be sent to cyclingandsociety@gmail.com is Wednesday March 16. For more information see: cyclingandsociety.org.

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