I have led group cycle rides in Washington, DC, NYC and London, and I have taught Cycle Safety 101 and Confident City Cycling courses in Washington, DC and NYC.
In London, I currently lead bespoke cycling tours (small group rides of up to five people) where I share my unique insights on inclusive cycling, cycling cultures and practices, etc., which can be tailored to suit different interests. For example, I have led “study tours” of London’s new cycling infrastructure so people can experience the Superhighways and Quietways first-hand and see what works and what needs improvement.
Get in touch if you are interested in booking a cycle lesson or cycling tour with me.
In September 2018, I organised and led a group ‘cycle infrastructure study tour’ of London for engineers and planners visiting from Stockholm.
Women & Bicycles
I used to be involved with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, as a ‘Roll Model’ for the Women & Bicycles programme. I recruited and mentored women to cycle in the city for various purposes (i.e., social, recreational, commuting, running errands, etc.). I organised and led social group rides to cultivate and nourish the growing community of women cyclists.
Get in touch if you need help starting and/or scaling a women’s cycling network or group.
I wrote my masters dissertation at the London School of Economics on the gender gap and other inequalities in cycling in London.
Below is the abstract. Read the rest here and read my interview with Sustrans here.
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.
C40 Cities launched the Women4Climate initiative in 2016 to empower and inspire the next generation of climate leaders, drive climate action and raise awareness through research on gender, cities and climate change. The Women4Climate campaign aims to highlight the instrumental role that women play in championing climate policies and understand how climate action itself must be rethought to account for gender and wider issues of social inclusion.
To help develop the Women4Climate research agenda, I conducted a literature review on the gendered impacts of climate change, which culminated in a summary report along with evidence-based urban policy recommendations for gender-inclusive climate action. I am currently working on the second phase of research, which entails case studies of how cities are driving gender-inclusive climate action in policy, planning and programming, i.e.: Women and Biking: A Case Study on the Use of San Francisco Bike Lanes.
Engineering & Gender
I worked on Engineering Cities: A Gender Lensat UCL’s City Leadership Lab, which examined gender bias in engineering and urban infrastructure and made recommendations to integrate a gender perspective in engineering education and practice.
This research was featured in the Autumn 2016 issue of Urbanistas’ Commotion magazine (See pages 27-30).
Here is a profile of the engineering/gender research project on the UCL City Leadership Lab website.
Engineering Cities: A gender lens in Gendering Smart Mobilities (Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
Cycling London: An Intersectional Feminist Perspective in Gendering Smart Mobilities (Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
Dockless Bikeshare: A game-changer for shared mobility?
This paper argues that unless cities adopt and enforce an inclusive long-term vision to democratise safe, sustainable urban mobility, dockless bikeshare systems (largely owned and operated by private, venture-capital backed companies) risk perpetuating digital, social, and spatial exclusion.
Hackney: a cycling borough for whom?
This paper challenges the London Borough of Hackney’s reputation as a cycling borough and the alleged success of its spatial interventions. I argue that Hackney’s spatial interventions for cycling raise the profile of already-visible privileged cyclists (white, middle-class men—the middle-aged men in Lycra, or MAMILs, and the hipsters) for whom cycling is a lifestyle choice while further erasing “invisible cyclists” for whom cycling is an economic necessity.