This is a site dedicated to sharing information and ideas about what it means for a City to be cycling friendly. Some of this information is collected as part of my PhD research into the development of cycling cultures. My study is located within the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. My supervisors are Prof. Philip Harrison, South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, and Prof. Simon Joss, Director of the Graduate School at the University of Westminster and co-direct’s the International Eco-Cities Initiative where I am an Associate.
I am currently a post-doctoral researcher based at the History Workshop in the University of the Witwatersrand. I was previously also a post-doctoral researcher with the South Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, Wits University. The post-doc award was provided by the Life in the City project, at the Wits School of Governance. The Life in the City project seeks to “develop a holistic and multidisciplinary body of work to create the conditions for a city that is inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” My post-doctoral research broadly examines social networks and bicycling, place and bicycling. Intended journal articles will examine the intersection of space, community and cycling practices. A book based on the PhD thesis will present a novel historical account of utility cycling in Johannesburg.
I am also a board member of the Johannesburg Urban Cyclists Association.