A history of bicycle mobility in urban China : Infrastructure, economy, and urban planning (Part 1 of 2)

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherMax Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


China has transformed itself from a kingdom of bicycles to a country of cars. From the 1970s to the mid-1990s, bicycle-centric mobility was embedded in “work unit urbanism” with home, work, school and other facilities nearby one another. Since the late 1990s, however, urban infrastructure has focused on accommodating automobiles while the city, and the distances residents travel, has grown. In the process, bicycle travel has gone from a daily necessity to a marker of status in an increasingly stratified society.

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  • Bicycle, bike, cycling, work unit urbanism, urban development, infrastructure

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