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Is the moral case for cycling provision a missing element in planning toolkits?

Author Peter Cox sees a ‘political’ dimension to practices needed to create people-friendly streets. Here he discusses his ideas with cycling design engineer Brian Deegan. Reporting by Juliana O’Rourke

Juliana O'Rourke
05 October 2021


Infrastructure is political, and it's also about people, says Peter Cox, author and professor of sociology at the University of Chester. “Infrastructure (or lack thereof) should not be subject only to appropriate design and implementation,” he says. “Rather, it also needs to be viewed as a product of political contestation. Every intervention made in people’s lives is about power, and implicitly telling people that you like – or don't like – what they're...

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