Bicycles for Development

I am current co-investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant entitled “Wheels of Change”: Exploring ‘Bicycles for Development’ for Women and Girls in the (Post-)Pandemic Contexts of Canada, Uganda and Nicaragua’” (2021-2026; Lyndsay Hayhurst is Principal Investigator, along with Co-I’s Francine Darroch, Carleton University; Brad Millington, Brock University; Cathy van Ingen, Brock University).

I was co-investigator (along with PI Lyndsay Hayhurst and co-investigators are Brad Millington and Rob Vanwysberghe), on a SSHRC-funded study titled Cycling Against Poverty? Researching a Sport for Development Movement and an ‘Object’ in/for Development. This project focuses on the use of the bicycle as a possible catalyst for development.

Outputs from this research include:

McSweeney, M. Hayhurst, L. Millington, B., Wilson, B. Otte, J., del  Socorro  Cruz  Centeno, L., Ardizzi, M., & Bandoles, E. (2023). Bicycles and the Potential of Unstructured  Sport  for  Development  and  Peace. Leisure Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2023.2217161

Hayhurst, L.M.C., McSweeney, M., Bandoles, E., Otte, J., del Socorro Cruz Centeno, L. & Wilson, B. (2022). “Bicycles are important for women!” Exploring bicycles, gender and development in Nicaragua and Uganda. Third World Quarterly.

Steinmann, J. & Wilson, B. (2022). The underground bicycle economy: an exploration of social supports and economic resources that Vancouver’s homeless and variably-housed cyclists utilize. Mobilities, DOI:

Steinmann, J. & Wilson, B. (2022). Different spokes for different folks: Experiences with cycling and the bicycle from the perspective of variably-housed cyclists in Vancouver. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 14(6), pp. 880-899. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2021.2019099

Steinmann, J., McSweeney, M., Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Wilson, B. (2022). Bicycles and the Creation of Peaceful Places. In G. Norcliffe, U. Brogan, P. Cox, B. Gao, T. Hadland, S. Hanlon, T. Jones, N. Oddy, L. Vivanco (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Cycling (pp. 373-375). London: Routledge.

Hayhurst, L.M.C.., Millington, B., Wilson, B. Steinmann, J., Nachman, J., McSweeney, M.,  Otte, J., del Socorro Cruz Centeno, L., Eyul P.. (2022, June 1). Will the bicycle help us address pressing social issues? The Conversation. Article link:

Ardizzi, M., Wilson, B., Hayhurst, L., & Otte, J. (2021). “People Still Believe a Bicycle Is for a Poor Person”: Features of “Bicycles for Development” Organizations in Uganda and Perspectives of Practitioners. Sociology of Sport Journal, 38(1), 36-49.

Steinmann, Jeanette, Wilson, Brian, McSweeney, Mitchell, Bandoles, Emerald, & Hayhurst. Lyndsay M.C.. (2021). An Exploration of Safe Space: From a Youth Bicycle Program to the Road. Sociology of Sport Journal. Advance online publication.

McSweeney, M., Millington, B., Hayhurst, L., Wilson, B., Ardizzi, M., & Otte, J. (2021). ‘The bike breaks down. What are they going to do?’ Actor-networks and the Bicycles for Development movement. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 56(2), 194-211.

McSweeney, M., Hayhurst, L., Wilson, B., Bandoles, E., & Leung, K. (2021). Colliding mandates of social enterprises: Exploring the financial strategies, environment, and social-market tensions of bicycles-for-development organizations. Sport Management Review, 1-24.

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