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Bicicultures Roadshow Call for Participants

Bicicultures Roadshow: The Critical Bicycling Studies Tour de California

Call for Participants

April 16-17, 2013 in Davis, California

What is it?
The Bicicultures Roadshow will be a time for activists and researchers to talk, ride, eat, and play as we discuss and experience bicycling cultures. At this two-day conference, we will grapple with the shifting role of bicycle research and activism as it crosses lines between policy, recreation, and radical organizing. The event will take place in Davis, a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and site of the first bike lanes in the U.S. This event is made possible through support from the University of California Transportation Center.

Why Bicicultures?
“Bicicultures” refers to the multiple social worlds of bicycling that co-exist, but may not overlap, in shared spaces. Rather than taking bicycling as a unitary object of analysis, we seek to investigate the construction of diverse meanings around the practice of cycling across time and space.

What will happen at the event?
Rather than following a traditional conference format of breakout sessions and individual papers, this event will emphasize ongoing discussion among all participants. Events may include keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, interactive panel presentations, workshops, field trips, and bicycle rides. We anticipate vibrant discussions about how diverse communities are using and thinking about bicycling as a tool to maintain and reinvent their worlds. Specific topics and formats will be formulated based on participant interest. We anticipate conversations around topics such as race, gender, class, ability, gentrification, activism, public space, embodiment, technology, design, recreation and sport, sustainability, mobilities, and more.
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March Bicycle Madness: motivation to ride, ride, ride

By Russell Reagan

This column was originally published in the Davis Enterprise on Feb. 16, 2009, while the Tour of California was in progress and Davis had just hosted Stage 1.

Russell Reagan riding Hwy. 128 near Lake Berryessa in March 2008

Russell Reagan riding Hwy. 128 near Lake Berryessa in March 2008

As we watch the Tour of California, we in Davis know that bicycling is for everyone who is able-bodied, not just the athletes. But it takes motivation to ride.

A bicyclist I met who had ridden many 200-mile rides once described how on some days she found it hard to motivate herself to get on her bike just to ride across Davis for an errand. We may recognize the many health benefits of bicycling, not to mention the benefits for the planet. Yet even for the athletically inclined, sometimes that’s still not sufficient motivation to get on our bikes.

Encouragement is an important element in the Bike Plan of the City of Davis and other communities. In the broader challenge of switching to more sustainable transportation modes, activities of groups like the Davis Bike Club have a role to play in encouraging more people to get on their bikes. (DBC is a different group from Davis Bicycles!, the two-year-old advocacy group that organizes this column.) Continue reading ‘March Bicycle Madness: motivation to ride, ride, ride’

Bringing the Bike Back!

As I have gotten more involved in my UC Davis Transportation masters program, I have been thinking more and more about how biking has been declining in mode share (specifically related to Davis) over the years. While the establishment of Unitrans may have helped this trend, certainly a lack of consistent investment in bike infrastructure, external commuting, and cultural shifts (see “[intlink id="6" type="post"]Earbud Citation: Is it necessary?[/intlink]”) have not been positive contributors. In 2008, I put together a campaign piece called the “Three Point Plan to Bring the Bike Back,” as a way to raise awareness as to some options available to the City to help reverse this trend- it is included below (and some bullet points may have become antiquated by the passage of time); but if you have ideas on how your local government can step up, I would love to hear about them. As you can see below, bike safety is very important to me (I was hit while on my bike in downtown Davis, when a car blew through a stop sign- always wear your helmet, kids!)- so other paradigms welcome! Continue reading ‘Bringing the Bike Back!’

Charlie and the Rabbit

Charlie and the Rabbit is a recently released film about a young boy who goes hunting for a rabbit. It was filmed in Davis by two locals and just showed at the Sundance Film Festival this year. There are some beautiful scenes of Charlie bicycling around the streets and paths of the city. UC Davis News wrote a nice article about the film and its authors and they’ve made it to the front page of UC Davis website. You will have to watch to see if he gets the wabbit…


– Jason Moore