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Zademach, Hans-Martin; Musch, Annika-Kathrin (2018): Bicycle-sharing systems in an alternative/diverse economy perspective: a sympathetic critique. In: Local Environment, Vol. 23, No. 7: pp. 734-746
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Abstract

This contribution puts bicycle-sharing systems (BSSs) as a rather recent, environmentally friendly form of urban mobility in the context of broader societal changes. More specifically, we discuss to what extent BSS and their various modes of organisation can be regarded as an "alternative" consumption practice, explicitly designed to deliver more social just outcomes, taking the diverse economy framework of Gibson-Graham as a key tool of analysis. Our examination unfolds a range of limitations of BSSs for (strong) sustainable development, but also a number of obvious and less obvious prospects and opportunities.