Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2008

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Anne E. Mosher

Honors Reader

Dr. Donald Mitchell

Capstone Major

Geography

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

no

Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Geography | Human Geography | Nature and Society Relations | Other Geography

Abstract

Since its arrival in the United States, the bicycle’s place in public space has influenced, and been influenced by not only road improvements and infrastructure investments but also by the social production of what it means to be mobile and to circulate throughout the city. Drawing upon the theory of “Time- Space Compression” posited by the geographer David Harvey, I propose that the bicycle can compress time and space in urban environments where time-space compression is occurring for motorists and their automobiles. But yet, bicycles (and their riders) have been consistently and systematically excluded from the American urban landscape; keeping them a part of this landscape has been a continuous and necessary battle. This thesis argues that the quest for an inclusive bicycle landscape requires the re-thinking of distance by activists, planners, the producers of popular culture and society at large.

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