On tour with CycleBOOM
3 October 2014
Drs Philip Black and Emma Street, from the School of Real Estate & Planning, have recently returned from study visits to Colombia, Spain and German where they have been in search of ways to create more inclusive cycling environments.
Drs Philip Black and Emma Street have recently returned from study visits to Colombia, Spain and German where they have been in search of ways to create more inclusive cycling environments. The field visits are part of an EPSRC-funded research project, cycleBOOM, which seeks to understand cycling among older people. While less than 1% of journeys among over 60s are by cycle in the UK, in some countries, like Germany, levels of cycling are much higher amongst older adults.
During their visit to Munich in Germany, Emma and Philip 'test rode' the impressive cycling infrastructure and met with those responsible for cycle training schemes that are specifically targeted at older adults. In Seville, a huge network of segregated cycle lanes has been designed in and around the historic city centre, and is partly responsible for rapid increases in urban cycling rates. In Medellin and Bogota in Colombia, Emma took part in collective rides and events that are helping to spread the message about the benefits of cycling to all ages.
Take a look at their short film which shows some of the urban design, planning and governance activities they observed on their travels:
To find out more about the CycleBOOM study, including how you or family members aged over 50 and living in the Reading area might be able to take part in the study, go to: www.cycleboom.org.