Cycling in the Virtureal

By Osnat Rosen-Kremer and Iris Aravot.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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By the 21st century, previously dictated daily movement through rigid city networks or linear commuting between two places have been dramatically changed into spontaneous movement through extensive spaces, typical of contemporary urbanity. At the same time, due to growing access to the internet and new communications possibilities, the World Wide Web has been widely surfed and explored. In examining cycling individuals and groups, this study finds that real and virtual spaces of flows are intertwined. Cycling is currently regarded mostly as a sustainable mode of physical movement (pedaling, spinning). This study shows that it is also a means for getting to know one’s self in the surrounding world and for being realized in the social world. For the rider, cycling may entail pedaling spaces of flow into his/her being, while a group of bicycle riders may all become carriers of loads of meaning and memories, through real and virtual loaded-scapes; their cycling lifeworld diffusing virtual worlds into presence.

Keywords: Albums, Cycling, Social Networks, Motion-groups, Real-virtual

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.55-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.422MB).

Dr. Osnat Rosen-Kremer

Adjunct, Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T., Haifa, Israel

B. Arch., M.Sc., Technion, I.I.T., Israel. Ms. Osnat Rosen-Kremer completed her PhD and is currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at Technion, Israel, focusing on experiencing the surroundings while moving. Her awards for research include the Forth Prize in the AI Project of the Year International Competition (2009), the BRM Institute Fellowship (2005-6) at the Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv University and the First Prize in the IPA planning competition (2005). Ms. Rosen-Kremer is also an Architect, Urban Designer, Town and Regional Planner and completed her Municipal and Law Legislation studies at Tel-Aviv University. She practiced in private and public firms and was the City Architect, Manager of the Department of the Local Building and Town Planning committee in the municipality of Kfar-Saba. She is an activist in the societies for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS), for Protection of Nature (SPNI) and Road Safety. Her interest is in the Urban Image of places (e.g. Kfar-Saba, Haifa, Acre, Caesarea, Kababir), how that image can be either influenced [media, politics...] or perceived [psychology, cognition], especially due to the daily experience of living in the virtureal.

Assoc. Prof. Iris Aravot

Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T., Haifa, Israel