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White line fever: a sociotechnical perspective on the contested implementation of an urban bike lane network


Vreugdenhil, R and Williams, S, White line fever: a sociotechnical perspective on the contested implementation of an urban bike lane network, Area, 45, (3) pp. 283-291. ISSN 0004-0894 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/area.12029


In this paper we discuss the introduction of the Launceston Bike Network, a local government project progressed in Tasmania, Australia. The projectís implementation became subject to intense community conflict, or what we refer to here as white line fever because it arose in relation to the white traffic lines used to mark the on-road bike lanes. Our analysis of textual data gathered from relevant documents and interviews with key stakeholders relies on the development of a sociotechnical perspective.Adopting this perspective allows us to recognise the various agencies emerging collectively from the technical and social aspects and interactions analysed. The findings add to how cycling and infrastructure might be reconceptualised as an urban sociotechnical system, and assist in its transition towards the transport mainstream through policy and planning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bike lanes, cycling, sociotechnical, Australia, contested, infrastructure
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Vreugdenhil, R (Dr Roger Vreugdenhil)
UTAS Author:Williams, S (Dr Stewart Williams)
ID Code:87218
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-11-11
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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