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The Politics of Cycling InfrastructureSpaces and (In)Equality$
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Peter Cox and Till Koglin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345152

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345152.001.0001

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Conclusion: politicising infrastructure or sustainable mobility?

Conclusion: politicising infrastructure or sustainable mobility?

(p.235) Conclusion: politicising infrastructure or sustainable mobility?
The Politics of Cycling Infrastructure

Peter Cox

Till Koglin

Policy Press

This chapter concludes the volume and explains the issues that have been touched upon by the authors of the chapters of this book. It explains that it would be easy to assume the superiority of European cycle infrastructure provision and that generally, European cycle infrastructure has been presented as good or as much better than the infrastructure provided in countries like the United States of America, Canada or Australia. However, it is concluded that this volume has shown that also the bicycle infrastructure in countries like Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden or Austria also fails to fully recognise the bicyclists’ needs for active and daily mobility. Further, this opens a space for shared critique, rather than focusing on the search for a mythical universal best practice allows dialogue between perspectives. It also permits (and insists on) analysis of the backstage of infrastructure construction. The conclusions raises also questions like What processes and assumptions are behind the plans drawn up and the decisions made? Who are the people involved and what considerations drive them? How are these considerations justified? Furthermore, it is stated that this volume has begun a comparative assessment of existing and historic struggles.

Keywords:   Bicycle infrastructure, Politics, Transport planning, Culture, Power relations

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