Nicholas Scott, Ph.D.

mobilities, environments, social movements, cities

Leave a comment

Cycling in Windsor

I moved to Windsor three months ago, and I’m finally going to start writing about urban cycling in Windsor, the dying heart of Canada’s car industry, a.k.a. South Detroit. My research is about cycling, and urban bicycle travel, I strongly believe, is a way for humanity to actually get to a sustainable future.

South of Detroit, urban cycling, anyone will tell you, is shit in Windsor. Car culture and car industry (the system of automobility) run deeper here than elsewhere. For example, as far as I can see, a majority of  people ride on the sidewalk. Biking dangerously in the opposite direction of traffic is disturbingly common.

Yet, city cycling (defined as biking for work, school, groceries, social engagement, cricket, beers store runs, etc.) seems like it could explode in Windsor. The city government thinks so; it just announced it will throw 5 million dollars at cycling. Windsor is as flat as the 401, and really warm by Canadian standards.

Windsor is also down on its luck, especially since GM left.

Lucky for Windsor, cycling is a cheap date.