Cycling Cities: a historical comparison of urban cycling throughout Europe

On 14 April 2016 the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen (right) presented the first copy of an international comparative historical study of urban cycling in Europe to the EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc (far left…

The Politics of Bicycle Innovation: the Human-Powered Vehicle Movement

In the beginning of 2016 a long awaited edited volume on the history of cycling (and recycling) finally appeared: Ruth Oldenziel & Helmuth Trischler (Eds.), (2016). Cycling and Recycling. Histories of Sustainable Practices. [Environment in History: International Perspectives, Vol.7]. New York, Oxford: Berghahn. As…

Nationale beeldvorming rond de fiets in Nederland, 1880-1920

In het voorjaar van 2015 verscheen het prachtig vormgegeven boek van de oudefietsliefhebbers Kaspar Hanenbergh en Michiel Röben over de Nederlandse fietsgeschiedenis tot 1920. Karakteristiek voor het boek zijn de vele uitzonderlijk fraaie en gedetailleerde foto’s (van de hand van Pepijn Janssen) van…

Fietsen in het museum

Afgelopen week is mijn pleidooi voor meer aandacht voor fietsgeschiedenis in Nederlandse musea gepubliceerd. Het stuk gaat terug op een voordracht voor het Berlijnse T2M Congres gewijd aan ‘Transport and Mobility on Display’  (2011). Een iets anders opgezette Engelse versie verscheen al eerder in…

Recent and upcoming research publications on the history of cycling

The upcoming fourth volume of Mobility in History, the 2014 Yearbook of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M), published by Berghahn, will contain a special section on ´Bicycling, Mobility, and History.´ The section consists of…

Instead of riding bicycles, bicyclettes, vélos, or Fahrräder, the Dutch ride fietsen. Despite a long list of publications on the subject, the etymology of the word is still something of a riddle. Some years ago, an elaborate review of previous…

International conference on the history of transport, traffic and mobility

Last week, October 6-9, the Berlin Technik Museum harboured the 9th T2M international conference on the history of transport, traffic and mobility. This year’s special theme was Transport and mobility on display, inviting many papers on the way transport history is presented in…

Transfers: a new academic journal of mobility studies

This summer Berghahn has published the first issue of Transfers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. In his inspiring and ambitious editorial introduction Gijs Mom (TU Eindhoven) promises prospective readers of the new journal ‘thought-provoking stuff’, that will transcend disciplines, national…

Upcoming international conferences on cycling history

At the end of May there will be two interesting but unfortunately partly overlapping international conferences devoted to cycling history. In itself this can be considered as a welcome sign of the times, indicating the growing interest in the topic. One…

Ever since the launch of this online Cycling History Bibliography last year, we have had trouble correctly uploading updated Endnote masterfiles. We have now decided to update and correct the Bibliography directly online – so as to be better able to provide you with a correct…