This dissertation critiques cycling policy and infrastructure projects in London from an intersectional feminist perspective that considers gender as a complex category that intersects with other socially constructed identity categories to contour urban cycling experiences. Infrastructure dominates cycling advocacy and policy in London, particularly infrastructures of mobility that manifest as either Cycle Superhighways or Quietways. The London Borough of Hackney is an interesting case study because it has historically had the highest levels of cycling in London despite lacking cycle lanes. Though Hackney’s reliance on general road interventions appears to deviate from the hegemony of infrastructure in London’s overarching cycling paradigm, both privilege a spatial fix that treats spatial interventions as apolitical and value-neutral, both reflect an implicit androcentric bias, and both demonstrate a poor understanding of equity and social justice issues. Consequently, London’s and Hackney’s cycling interventions raise the profile of already-visible privileged cyclists (white, middle-class men) for whom cycling is a lifestyle choice while erasing the “invisible cyclists” for whom cycling is a necessity due to economic deprivation and spatial isolation. In order to make cycling an equitable and relevant mode of transportation in an increasingly diverse London, social justice must foreground cycling advocacy, policy, and infrastructure provisioning.
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