Commuting, Exercise and Sport: An ethnography of long-distance bike commuting

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Abstract

The uniqueness of this article is that it deals with long-distance bike commuting in pro-cycling Copenhagen and its environs. Informed by practice theory and sensuous studies of urban and sport practices, I discuss the ‘things and environments’, ‘meanings’ and ‘competences and biological bodies’ that typify long-distance commuter cycling. This article develops cycling literature and the ‘mobilities paradigm’ in the following ways: by outlining a practice approach to cycling; challenging the idea that commuter cycling is only for short distances; undermining the distinction between utility and sport cycling; and lastly by connecting the ‘mobilities paradigm’ with literature on active travel and sport studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial & Cultural Geography
Volume19
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)39-58
ISSN1464-9365
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • cycling
  • mobility
  • practice
  • ethnography

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