This article, which I co-authored with Cristina Temenos, Anna Niklaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers and Mimi Sheller is published today. It arises from a great panel session at the Annual Congress of the American Association of Geographers, at San Francisco last year.
Imagine never again receiving an energy bill. Instead, you could pay a flat fee for “comfort”, “cleanliness” or “home entertainment” alongside a premium for more energy-demanding TVs, kettles or fridge-freezers. This isn’t the stuff of science fiction – it’s emerging right now. Recent changes in technology and regulation are enabling the development of new ways to provide electricity and gas.
The Tour de France is one of the world’s sporting mega-events and its temporary colonisation of the roads of Sheffield will inevitably give cycling an unprecedented profile in the city. Can it, though, be expected to help get more people out of their cars and on to their bikes?