Skip to main content

Cycling Through the Pandemic

Tactical Urbanism and the Implementation of Pop-Up Bike Lanes in the Time of COVID-19

  • Book
  • Open Access
  • © 2024

You have full access to this open access Book


  • Provides an international overview on how tactical urbanism was implemented to give more space to cycling
  • Demonstrates the conceptual framework surrounding tactical urbanism and how it plays out theoretically
  • Proposes new methodological insights to understand the effects of tactical urbanism interventions
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)

Buy print copy

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Table of contents (10 chapters)


About this book

This open access book provides insight on how the tactical urbanism has the capacity to influence change in mobility practices such as cycling. COVID-19 crisis prompted the public authorities to rethink the use of public space in order to develop means of transport that are both efficient and adapted to the health context and their effects on cycling practices in Europe, North, and South America. Its contributors collectively reveal and evidence through policies analysis, mapping, and innovative qualitative analysis bridging video and interviews, how those new infrastructures and policies can be a trigger for change in a context of mobility transition.

This book provides an important element on the way local authorities can act in a quicker and more agile way. While some decisions are specific to the context of the beginning of the pandemic, the analysis offers lessons on the way to implement the transition toward a low-carbon mobility, on the importance of processes based on trials and errors, on the political stakes of reallocating road space.

Editors and Affiliations

  • LAET-ENTPE, University of Lyon, Vaulx en Velin, France

    Nathalie Ortar

  • Academic Observatory for Cycling and Active Mobilities, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Patrick Rérat

About the editors

Nathalie Ortar is Senior Researcher in anthropology at the LAET ENTPE-University of Lyon. Her research has mainly focused on the links between dwelling and spatial mobility. Since 2010, she has been leading research on the changes in social practices that occur in the ways of living in a context of injunctions to mobility and energy transition. Relating to energy, she is Co-editor of Ethnographies of Power: A Political Anthropology of Energy, Berghanh (2021), and Energy Futures: Anthropocene Challenges, Emerging Technologies and Everyday Life De Gruyter (2022). She has been conducting research on cycling. Her previous research on urban cyclist was published in Becoming Urban Cyclist: From Socialization to Skills, Chester University Press (2022).

Patrick Rérat is Full Professor in the Institute of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Lausanne. He is also Co-director of the Observatory for Cycling and Active Mobilities launched in 2020. His last book is “Cycling to work. An analysis of the practice of utility cycling” (Springer 2020). He has also published many papers in international journal such as Mobilities, Transportation Research Part A, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Urban Studies, etc.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cycling Through the Pandemic

  • Book Subtitle: Tactical Urbanism and the Implementation of Pop-Up Bike Lanes in the Time of COVID-19

  • Editors: Nathalie Ortar, Patrick Rérat

  • Series Title: The Urban Book Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-45307-6Published: 17 November 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-45310-6Published: 17 November 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-45308-3Published: 16 November 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2365-757X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-7588

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 250

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 62 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Environmental Geography

Publish with us