Culture of bicycling is topic of two-day conference

By Alston Lim • UC Davis 2014

The city of Davis was the site of the first Biciculture Roadshow on April 16-17, a student-run symposium that included a wide variety of events to introduce and educate the public about the culture of bicycling.

The Biciculture Roadshow, which was held at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, gathered activists and scholars from around the nation to talk, ride and share bicycling culture to the community. The event also discussed the topic of bicycle research and activism and how the two intersect with policy, research and recreation.

Natalie Popovich, a Transportation Technology and Policy graduate student at ITS-Davis, and Sarah Rebolloso McCullough, a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Davis Department of Cultural Studies, spoke at the conference.

Popovich discussed her research on electric-bike users in the Davis-Sacramento Region.

McCullough disucussed cultural influences and outcomes of the origins and growth of mountain biking.

“What most excites us about this event is that we found a large number of scholars doing work on bicycling cultures in relative isolation,” said McCullough. “Bringing this community together in one space with advocates provides us the opportunity to jumpstart more comprehensive conversations about the role of culture on bicycling in the past, present and future.”

The free event was co-sponsored by the University of California Transportation Center.


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Photo: A student stands in a sea of bicycles commonly found on the UC Davis campus (Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis)