So many good bike conferences in 2017….
There are a number of bike-related conferences coming this year that I would love to attend.
This year is the 200 year birthday of the modern bicycle, so I feel an extra special pull to get together with other like-minded bike enthusiasts and celebrate our common love of all things two-wheeled.
Outside of sports and pro-cycling meets, there are two main conferences this year that have caught my eye.
Asia Pacific Cycle Congress
The first is the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress to be held in Christchurch, (NZ), 17-20th October, 2017.
Mike Lloyd, a NZ academic who has published a couple of papers analysing a well-known mountain bike rage incident and then subsequently reviewed the same scenario from a mirco-sociological video analysis stand-point, reminded me about this conference.
I would love to go to this one, but have a prior date booked that overlaps, so will have to hold onto this one for next year. Plus I will be post PhD confirmation by then, which means the Uni will pay for me to go! Woppee!
Australian Walking and Cycling Conference
The second conference is the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference. This is being held on 17-18th July in Adelaide, Australia. Their website boasts that:
The simple acts of walking and cycling have the potential to transform the places we live, our economies and how we engage with our environment. The Australian Walking and Cycling Conference, to be held in Adelaide on 17-18 July 2017, explores the potential for walking and cycling to not only provide for transport and recreation but solutions to challenges of liveability, health, community building, economic development and sustainability.
The conference theme is Low tech movement in a high tech world.
After handing in my PhD Early Candidature Milestone Report last month, I am keen to take a step back from the theoretical, conceptual realm of ideas and connect back with one of the primary reasons I started my research – making positive community connections.
So I applied to this conference to do a Learnshop session based on some past Bicycles Create Change events.
I am planning a fun and interesting session – so fingers crossed!
Here is the abstract I submitted (parallelism much?!).