2022 Cycling and Society Symposium

Cycling Beyond Growth Economies

Hosted by the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Wales (UK)

15th-16th September, 2022


Booking will open very soon. Registration is:

  • Both days in-person attendance – £50
  • One day in-person attendance – £25
  • Virtual attendance via zoom – £10
    (free to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students)

Lunch and refreshments is provided on both days. Dinner on Thursday evening is not included in the conference fee.

There is no accommodation available directly through the organisers, but there is plenty available in central Cardiff.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact csrgcardiff2022@gmail.com.


Cycling as a form of urban transportation has come a long way in the last 30 years: Due to the tireless efforts of advocacy groups, academics, policy-makers and individuals, cycling holds a much more central position in many policy agendas, with cycling numbers steadily increasing in many nations. Yet, given the scale of contemporary global challenges, the question needs to be asked: where are we trying to get to and are we going in the right direction? If all cities had similar cycling mode-share to Amsterdam or Copenhagen, would this be enough to tackle catastrophic climate change?; is cycling attracting as many people as it could and the people who could benefit from it the most? Arguably it would not and it isn’t, primarily because the variant of cycling brought back into transport planning has been one largely focused on encouraging fast, individual journeys to work and education. Such an approach seeks to maintain unsustainable economic growth as the ultimate goal, and excludes many citizens who are unable or unwilling to participate in this version of cycling. Equally there are many nations in the Global South (and indeed parts of the Global North) where the problem is not enough growth – where does cycling fit in such contexts?

The call for contributions closed on Friday June 17th 2022.


This is a hybrid conference. In the following, IP refers to ‘in person’ and RE to ‘remote’.

CSRG 2022 Cardiff Presentation Schedule

Thursday 15th September
TimeRoom 1 – Glam 3.51Room 2 – Glam 3.52
9.30 – 10amTea and Coffee
10 – 10.30amWelcome and Introduction: Cycling and economic growth Justin Spinney (Cardiff University) 
10.30am – 12pmPaper session 1 – Growth
The dynamics of post-pandemic Helsinki bicycle policy: growthism and the risk of wasting opportunities for changeCarlos Lamuela Orta (University of Helsinki, Finland) (IP)
“How just is the bicycle?” Envisioning mobility justice for post-growth transformations through the body – Elisa Schramm and Javier Lloveras (University of Vigo, Spain) (IP)
“Revolutions”: A short documentary about bike waste – Courtney Szto (Queen’s University) (RE)
Sense-making by sufficiency. How to get from the “Bike-selling boom” to a cycling boom?Prof. Dr. Jana Kühl (Ostfalia University of applied Sciences Salzgitter,Germany) (RE)
12 – 12.15pmBreak
12.15 – 1.15pm Discussion 1 – E-cargo bikes in a fast-paced economy: Challengers or facilitators?
Dr Luke Blazejewksi – University of Salford (IP)Ian Cookson – University of Salford (IP)Dr Virginie Lurkin – Université de LausanneDimitri Marincek – Université de Lausanne (IP)Professor Patrick Rérat – Université de LausanneDr Graeme Sherriff – University of Salford (IP)
Discussion 2 – Labor on wheels: Sustainable bicycle logistics
Annika Otto (The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI &  Lund University) (RE)Alexander Paulsson (Lund University) (RE)Jens Alm (The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, VTI) (RE)
1.15 – 2pm Lunch
2 – 3.30pmPaper session 2 – Inclusivity
Disability and cycling – Jonna Nyberg & Lena Levin The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) (RE)
Interactions between the promotion of cycling in rural areas and essential public services in GermanyCaroline Huth (Technical University of Applied Sciences) (IP)
Bicycle use in Latin American cities: Changes over time by socio-economic position  – Ione Avila-Palencia (Queen’s University, Belfast (IP); Olga L. Sarmiento; Nelson Gouveia; Alejandra Jáuregui; Maria Antonietta Mascolli; Anne Dorothee Slovic; Daniel A. Rodríguez
Using bicycles for development and de-growth – but for whom? Mitchell McSweeney, (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) (RE) Lyndsay Hayhurst, (York University, Toronto, Canada) Jessica Nachman (York University, Toronto, Canada)
3.30 – 4.15pm Ride to Pedal Power in Bute Park
4.15 – 5.30pm Pedal Power talk and demo – Inclusive cycling
5.30 – 7pm Guided bike ride of Cardiff
7pmConference dinner
Friday 16th September
TimeRoom 1 – Glam 3.51Room 2 – Glam 3.52
9.00 – 9.30amTea and coffee
9.30pm – 10.30pm Discussion 3 – Can cycling be taken back from traffic experts? Angela van der Kloof (Strategic Advisor, Mobycon)
10.30am – 12pm Paper Session 3 – Cycling Pedagogy
Pro cycling as a means for social mobility, geographical literacy, and territory promotionPaolo Bozzuto (Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di Milano) (RE)
Cycling as a Tool for Climate Change Education: The Case of the “Achieving Net Zero Bike Tour” – Yves Plourde (IP), Nicolas Ricci, Marine Agogué(HEC Montreal Canada) 
Grassroots Cycling Infrastructure as ‘Pilot Light’ for Alternative Economies and mobilitiesDenver Nixon (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) (IP)
The History of Women’s Cycling in the Middle EastAlon Raab (University of California, Davis) (RE)
12pm – 12.15pmBreak
12.15 – 1pm Discussion 4 – E-Move Electric Bicycle Project
Harry Tainton (Sustrans) (IP)Jonny Eldridge (Sustrans) (IP)
Discussion 5 – Mobilising 3D tactile Maps
Tim John  (Sustrans) Shaun Williams (Sustrans) (IP)Cassia Copeland (Sustrans)Ian Williams (ATiC, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)Yolanda Rendón-Guerrero (ATiC, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)Nick Thatcher (ATiC, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
1pm  – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45  – 3.15pm Paper session 4 – Care & wellbeing
Cycling, degrowth and the care economy Peter Cox (University of Chester) (IP)
The impact of a traumatic cycling event on people’s physical and mental healthEsther Anaya-Boig  (Imperial College London) (IP) Simon Cook (Birmingham City University)
Learning about Cycle Tourism and Wellbeing – Harriet Wingfield (Sheffield Hallam University) (IP)
Rethinking ‘gender inclusiveness’ in cycling: the case of TokyoMarion Lagadic (University of Oxford) (RE)
3.15pm – 3.30pm Break
3.30pm – 4.30pm Paper Session 5 (3) – Data and Design
Mobility transitions, cycling and group identityIan Cookson (Manchester Metropolitan University) (IP)
The platformization of cycling. The development of bicycle-sharing systems in ChinaGiovannipaolo Ferrari (University of Salerno, DISUFF, Italy) (RE)Yingxin Tan University of Padua, Italy (RE)
Datafication of cycling: tensions between cycling policy and mobility justiceShaun Williams (University of Brighton) (IP)
4.30pm – 5pm Wrap-up and announcements