Trauma and Cycling online workshop

The Call for participation closed on 28th January. You can read it here.

We would like to open the discussion about the different dimensions of trauma and cycling in a range of cycling practices including cycling for transport, sport or leisure. The impact of a traumatic cycling event on people’s health (physical and mental health) can influence cycling behaviour and perceptions. At the same time, cycling can be therapeutic for trauma healing. The intersection of trauma and cycling has come up in research studies of different kinds, for example, mental health issues in the aftermath of a cycling crash, the influence of past trauma in people who are learning to cycle. Even though the overlaps are multiple, and the impacts are significant on people’s wellbeing, there are not enough studies exploring these issues.

Event details
This will be an online workshop via Zoom.
Date and time: Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 14:00-16:30 (GMT)

Registration link
Register in advance for this Zoom event here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

14:00 – 14:15h: Introduction
Workshop organisers: Simon Cook, Birmingham City University and Esther Anaya-Boig, Imperial College London
Co-hosting: Graeme Sherriff, University of Salford (Cycling and Society Support Committee)
14:15 – 15:00h: Panel 1: The impact of trauma in individuals
Chair: Simon Cook, Birmingham City University
– James J. Brittain, Acadia University (CA), “A cycle of suffering: bridging the emotional and physical impacts of professional road cycling”. (Abstract)
– Allison Duncan, Coventry University (UK) and Tim Horberry, University of Queensland (AU), “Survey Findings of Cyclist Responses to a Threatening Close Pass Incident.” (Published Open Access Paper)
– An-Magritt Kummeneje, SINTEF Community (NO), “Accidents experiences, perceived risk, worry and cycling behaviour” (Abstract)
– Greg Lang, Drexel University (US), “Rites of Passage/Rights to the City: Cyclist Traffic Harassment in Philadelphia” (Abstract)
– Suzanne Maas and Thérese Bajada, University of Malta (MA), “Barriers for current and potential cyclists in a starter cycling country: the case of Malta” (Abstract, PDF presentation)
– Andrew Robertson, “What are we “getting back to” and what are we “getting past”? Some freewheeling reflections” (Paper)
15:00 – 15:10h: Comfort Break
15:10 – 16:00h: Panel 2: Collective and socio-cultural trauma
Chair: Esther Anaya-Boig, Imperial College London
– Robert Braun, Institute for Advanced Studies – IHS, (AU), and Richard Randell, Webster University, Geneva (CH) “Cycling trauma as ontological violence” (Abstract, PDF presentation, published paper)
– James Cherrington, Sheffield Hallam University (UK) “Mountain Biking in the (Neg)Anthropocene. Encountering, Witnessing, and Reorienting to, the End of the ‘Natural’ World.” (Abstract, Video)
– Peter Cox and Andrew Reeves, University of Chester (UK) “Cycling Through the Lens of Trauma Studies” (Abstract)
– Wilbert den Hoed, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (ES) “Trauma or Recovery? Exploring the fragility of older cycling biographies” (Abstract, Video, PDF presentation)
– Katja Leyendecker, Independent Researcher (DE / UK) “Trauma in relation to vehicular-cycling campaigners” (Think Piece, PDF presentation)
– Alejandro Manga, Drexel University (US) “Riding with the advocates, mobility justice, LA’s (Bike)space” (Abstract, Video, PDF presentation)
– Manas Murthy, University of Oregon (US) “Class violence as trauma” (Abstract, Video)
– Clare Nattress, Leeds Beckett University (UK) “Air pollution as a form of bodily, embodied trauma” (Abstract, Voice-over presentation Video)
16:00 – 16:25h: Discussion session and next steps
Co-chairs: Simon Cook, Birmingham City University and Esther Anaya-Boig, Imperial College London
Discussant: Cosmin Popan, Manchester Metropolitan University (Cycling and Society Support Committee)
16:25 – 16:30h: Closure