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Cycling in the post-socialist city: On travelling by bicycle in Sofia, Bulgaria

Barnfield, A; Plyushteva, A; (2015) Cycling in the post-socialist city: On travelling by bicycle in Sofia, Bulgaria. Urban Studies 10.1177/0042098015586536. Green open access

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Abstract

There are many ways of moving through a city. Cycling is one which has received considerable attention from urban scholars. Yet it has remained largely neglected within the burgeoning literature on the post-socialist urbanisms of Central and Eastern Europe. This paper uses a case study from Sofia, Bulgaria to address this gap in urban research. By exploring the practices and affordances of cycling, we offer a discussion of everyday mobility, public life and urban space in post-socialist Sofia. This case study incorporates ethnography and in-depth interviews with regular cyclists. Through a discussion of bicycling spaces and practices, this paper complicates the notion of post-socialist cities as places defined by the decline of public sensibilities.

Type: Article
Title: Cycling in the post-socialist city: On travelling by bicycle in Sofia, Bulgaria
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0042098015586536
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098015586536
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: cycling, Eastern Europe, geography, post-socialist urbanism, privatism, Sofia, transport
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472198
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