Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Denver Nixon of the Transport Studies Unit will hold the first stakeholders' workshop of the DePICT Community-Led Infrastructures research project in London on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. The workshop will take place in The Loft room of St. Luke's Community Centre on 90 Central Street near the Old Street station. Lunch is included and will start at noon and be followed by a presentation and discussion. The workshop will finish by 3pm.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded DePICT project aims to determine which features of urban environments, local communities, and the governance of physical infrastructures influence walking and cycling and how these can be optimised to achieve sustainable and just urban mobility for all. The international project consists of three themes and their respective teams: Community-Led Infrastructures (Oxford), Infrastructure Policy and Adverse Impacts on Cyclists (São Carlos, São Paulo), and Experiencing Walking and Cycling (Utrecht). The DePICT project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fundašão de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO).
The TSU's contribution to the DePICT project is the investigation of community-led infrastructure initiatives aimed at increasing the attractiveness of walking and cycling in London. We interpret "infrastructure" broadly to include such things as community bicycle repair workshops (e.g. The Bike Project) or do-it-together crosswalk paint. We are investigating what types of projects exist(ed) in London, who gets involved in them and why, who benefits from them, how they became successful, whether they are transferable or up-scalable, and whether these initiatives embody visions of collective wellbeing, equity, and justice. Project outputs will include project briefings, summaries of key findings and policy recommendations, open-access academic journal publications, and speaking engagements."
Top image: Bike shop © Jorge Royan via Wikimedia Commons