• Trey Hahn

Open access academic papers on cycling experience

The following list is intended as a resource for people interested in exploring academic takes on cycling experience.


Ride along:

Spinney, J. (2006). A place of sense: A kinaesthetic ethnography of cyclists on Mont Ventoux. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 24(5), 709–732. https://doi.org/10.1068/d66j

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Video (mobile video ethnography):

Spinney, J. (2011). A Chance to Catch a Breath: Using Mobile Video Ethnography in Cycling Research. Mobilities, 6(2), 161–182. https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2011.552771

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Biographical interviews & life history calendar:

Jones, H., Chatterjee, K., & Gray, S. (2014). A biographical approach to studying individual change and continuity in walking and cycling over the life course. Journal of Transport and Health, 1(3), 182–189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2014.07.004

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GPS, mapping, interviews (beyond just cycling):

Jensen, O. B., Sheller, M., & Wind, S. (2015). Together and Apart: Affective Ambiences and Negotiation in Families’ Everyday Life and Mobility. Mobilities, 10(3), 363–382. https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2013.868158

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Mixed video method- ride recording and interviews:

Simpson, P. (2017). A sense of the cycling environment: Felt experiences of infrastructure and atmospheres. Environment and Planning A, 49(2), 426–447. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X16669510

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Paper collage. Image credit clockwise from top left: Forsyth & Krizek (2011) - publisher, Van Duppen & Spierings (2013, p. 240), Simpson (2017) - publisher, Latham & Wood (2015, p. 306), Clayton & Musselwhite (2013) - publisher, Jones & Burwood (2011, p. 14)

General - perspectives from and experiences of cycling:

Perspectives from the bicycle:

Forsyth, A., & Krizek, K. (2011). Urban Design: Is there a Distinctive View from the Bicycle? Journal of Urban Design, 16(4), 531–549. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2011.586239

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Reference also the review by Cycling Research Review

te Brömmelstroet, M., Nikolaeva, A., Glaser, M., Nicolaisen, M. S., & Chan, C. (2017). Travelling together alone and alone together: mobility and potential exposure to diversity. Applied Mobilities, 2(1), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/23800127.2017.1283122

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Experiences of cycling:

Van Duppen, J., & Spierings, B. (2013). Retracing trajectories: The embodied experience of cycling, urban sensescapes and the commute between “neighbourhood” and “city” in Utrecht, NL. Journal of Transport Geography, 30, 234–243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.02.006

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Reference also the review by Cycling Research Review

Latham, A., & Wood, P. R. H. (2015). Inhabiting infrastructure: Exploring the interactional spaces of urban cycling. Environment and Planning A, 47, 300–319. https://doi.org/10.1068/a140049p

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Literature review:

Liu, G., Krishnamurthy, S., & van Wesemael, P. (2018). Conceptualizing cycling experience in urban design research: a systematic literature review. Applied Mobilities, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/23800127.2018.1494347

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Experiences of different groups of people


Jones, P., & Burwood, D. (2011). Cycling and the City : Reflections of Commuting Practices. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 7(4).

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Families and children:

Clayton, W., & Musselwhite, C. (2013). Exploring changes to cycle infrastructure to improve the experience of cycling for families. Journal of Transport Geography, 33, 54–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.09.003

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Older adults:

Van Cauwenberg, J., Clarys, P., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Ghekiere, A., de Geus, B., Owen, N., & Deforche, B. (2018). Environmental influences on older adults’ transportation cycling experiences: A study using bike-along interviews. Landscape and Urban Planning, 169(August 2017), 37–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.08.003

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People with physical impairments:

Clayton, W., Parkin, J., & Billington, C. (2017). Cycling and disability: A call for further research. Journal of Transport and Health, 6, 452–462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2017.01.013

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Xie, L., & Spinney, J. (2018). “I won’t cycle on a route like this; I don’t think I fully understood what isolation meant”: A critical evaluation of the safety principles in Cycling Level of Service (CLoS) tools from a gender perspective. Travel Behaviour and Society, 13(July), 197–213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2018.07.002

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This list is not comprehensive and we may expand it in a future blog post.

See also by the Cycling and Society Symposium: http://www.cyclingandsociety.org/cycling-and-academia/


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