Cycling is not only a physical movement from A to B, but also a critical bodily practice, a way of life, and a meaningful way to experience everyday urban life. I live in Tehran, where cyclists represent a minority in the city constructed entirely in favour of automobiles, and spaces have become interpreted as belonging to private cars. In this challenging atmosphere, a bicycle is a critical tool, and cycling is a political act to reclaim space.
As an urban researcher, I use the bicycle as a powerful lens to understand urban culture and challenges, how people practice mobility, and how we can use bicycles to have more sustainable cities. My main research interest is understanding cycling practices from anthropological and sociological perspectives that help me understand the different aspects of the human infrastructure of cycling.
What are your plans as Bicycle Mayor?
As a Bicycle Mayor, I focus on strengthening the human infrastructure of cycling. I am determined to continue developing urban cycling paths in my city and reinforce our cycling culture. I believe that bicycle has a transformational power for overcoming urban obstacles and solving our wide array of considerable challenges. My team needs to present the bicycle as a primary mode of transportation in our society and inform people about its border benefits.