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Cycling cities: the Johannesburg experience

When: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
1st Floor Seminar Room, John Moffat Building
Start time:16:00

Njogu Morgan, post-doctoral researcher at the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning will present this seminar.

This presentation bridges the gap in Johannesburg’s transportation history by providing an overview of everyday cycling in Johannesburg from the late 1880s, to 2016. It provides a trajectory of utility cycling in Johannesburg through five interrelated lenses drawn from the cycling literature and transitions studies. Using this framework, it shows that while oft-cited transport determinants such as urban form, land use and allocations in traffic policy can shed light on the story of the bicycle in Johannesburg, alone they provide limited insights. To complete the narrative, more attention is paid to the changing social appraisal of bicycles and cars, activities of social movements, and nature of other transport alternatives within the changing social, economic and political context of South Africa.


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