Routes In, Routes Out: Connected City Network event
How do we navigate a city and decipher the urban landscape by bike? How can we map a city and provide all the information cyclists need? What are the unique experiences cycling a city can give us?
The discussion will be shaped by the experiences the pair have on a night ride of Preston and its surrounds the night before the event. It will allow them to reflect on their experiences of cycling both urban and rural areas of Lancashire, their shared interests in cycling infrastructure and ideas about using cycling to find routes in and out of a city. There will also be time for the audience to contribute and ask their own questions.
This is a free event and refreshments will be provided.
The event is part of Gavin’s work for The Connected City project by In Certain Places, a series of artworks and events exploring areas that will be affected by the City Deal – a scheme that aims to deliver new jobs and housing in Preston. Gavin is exploring current and future cycling infrastructure within the district and is developing his own routes that map information relevant to cyclists, such as storage, topography and traffic black spots, and take into account considerations such as convenience, scenery, safety, speed and accessibility. His research will culminate in a cycling resource that collates routes, information and existing infrastructure within a single, visual inventory. Read Gavin’s publication Viewfinding, produced as part of his research.
Jack Thurston is a cycling journalist and author, presenter of The Bike Show and author of Lost Lanes Wales: 36 Glorious Bike Rides in Wales and the Borders.
The Connected City Network is a series of conversation events taking place as part of the Connected City programme of artworks. These events provide an opportunity to engage with the artists and contributors to the programme, to find out more about the context of the work and share in the conversation that each artist’s work encourages.