Urban Bikescapes in New York - Outline of a New Urban Typology

Gitte Marling, Line Marie Bruun Jespersen


With an explorative analysis of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway as point of departure, the focus is partly on the role of the new cycle environment as a mobility space, which can be experienced via movement and in transit, and partly on the architectonic and spatial qualities of the design as a framework for urban life and cultural interaction.

The paper begins with a presentation of New York Citys intentions with the new bikescape on Manhattan. As a continuation of this, the results and the theoretical and methodological approach to the analyses are presented, from four perspectives:
  • Urban bikescapes as a strategy to open the city and connect it in new ways
  • Urban bikescapes as part of the historical and cultural identity of New York
  • Urban bikescapes as a socially constructed place with emphasis on the social and mental meaning of the place and on the programs
  • Urban bikescapes as an architectonic place

Finally, the analyses are summarized and the concept urban bikescapes is presented as a new urban typology and defined more precisely, as a concept.

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