The walking commute

Gendered and generationed

Authored by: Lesley Murray

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
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The walking commute is produced through the intersections of gender and generation and is gendered and generationed as the mobilities of particular social groups, most notably women, children and older people, experience it in particular ways and are consequently disadvantaged. The key argument in this chapter is that the urban walking commute needs to be redefined in moving away from an unproblematic promotion of walking as a ‘sustainable’ form of travel. Viewing the commute in relation to gender and generation reveals the persistent barriers to walking. The urban walking commute is illustrated as an interdependent and intersected urban mobility practice.

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