Seminar: Age-friendly urban cycling

28 January 2020 12:30 till 13:30 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, BG.West.290 - By: Communication BK

On 28 January, Wilbert den Hoed (EPRC Delft) gives a seminar on 'Age-friendly urban cycling'. The seminar is part of the Spatial Planning Seminars.

Continuous urbanisation and population ageing have shaped the urban landscape in many part of the world in recent years. These developments challenge the sustainability and suitability of urban mobility for people of all ages. In this lecture, Wilbert den Hoed will introduce the Age-Friendly Cities concept, geographies of ageing, and mobilities research to study the interrelations of ageing and mobility. Both are related to the urban setting, social environments, health and well-being. A place-sensitive methodology of complementary case studies in Rotterdam (NL) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) shows how everyday cycling is normalised over time, affected by life events, mobility negotiations, and bodily change. Personal and environmental effects shape cycling as normalised or marginalised transport mode, resulting in cycling to be more or less suited to diverse ages and abilities. Using cycling as analytical lens, Den Hoed identifies mobile practices as biographically embedded and shaped by physical transport environments. This provides important resources for sustainable mobility futures and quality of (later) life. Den Hoed draws conclusions on an all-age understanding of cycling. He spots out discussion topics for including cycling and positive ageing in (planning) policies.