Cyklandets cykler: Praktiker och socio-tekniska genombrott i stadstrafiken
Tidsperiod: 2013-07-01 till 2016-06-30
Projektledare: Martin Emanuel
Budget: 3 150 000 SEK
Contemporary discussions about technology and sustainability often focus on innovation as the exclusive realm of new technology. The proposed project will instead examine the rise, decline, and partial revival of the bicycle in Swedish and Dutch cities, with the purpose to gain insight in how the re-introduction of "old" technologies differs from the innovation processes for new technologies. It is suggested that such repurposing depends on the material and cultural remnants from the historical co-evolution of cycling practices and planning efforts. The proposed project examines, firstly, how historical cycling practices in Sweden and the Netherlands have emerged, evolved, disappeared, and even reappeared again, during the course of the 20th century. For this aim, a diverse set of sources--including e.g. amateur photographs, sales brochures, court cases, folklore collections, interviews, and artifacts--will be approached using methodologies from material culture and subaltern studies. Secondly, the existing scholarship of bicycle policy and planning in Dutch and Swedish cities will be expanded through archival studies in two Swedish cities as well as on the national level in Sweden and the Netherlands. Combined, these studies provide a basis for an informed, multilevel (national and local) comparative analysis of the contests between planning and cycling practices with the ultimate aim to inform today´s policy-makers in matters of bicycle promotion.