The bicycle stems from the industrialized society. It is and has been used for many different purposes, for transport as well as racing and fun. This panel invites papers dealing with cycling and bicycles from various pespectives. The aim is to explore new angles on cycling, now and then.
The Bicycle is an obvious artifact stemming from the modern or industrialized society. It is and has been used for many different purposes, for transport and communication as well as racing and fun. It can also been seen as a tool for freedom, new opportunities, citizenship, class struggle, equality and, witch is often stressed today, as one of many tools to reach a sustainable society and way of living. But there are also many differences, in time and space, in how the bicycle as a material object and cycling as an activity are perceived. In one setting and location cycling may be perceived as a "natural" and everyday mode of transportation. Somewhere else cycling may be seen strictly as a sports activity or associated mainly with children. Cycling is thus an activity full of paradoxes: riding a bike can at the same time be associated with poverty and wealth, with modernity and backwardness, with independence and restrictions. This panel invites papers dealing with cycling and bicycles from various perspectives. This includes, for example, topics related to cycling and gender, age and/or class, cycling and health, cycling and safety, cycling and work/leisure, and cycling as sport. The aim of the panel is to, together with its contributors, investigate and propose new angles on cycling and bicycling, in the past, the present and the future.