Smart Biking as Gendered Innovations? The Case of Mobike in China

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The aim of this paper is to scrutinize smart biking in the context of gendered innovations and sustainable transport. Based on media representations, interviews, reports and surveys, the paper situates the establishment of the Chinese biking company Mobike in the landscapes of recent innovation strategies. What are the gendered implications of shared biking and Mobike design and technology? Does Mobike provide a challenge to the car-centric developments of urban mobility in China? What are the broader lessons to be learned in terms of sustainable urban transport? The Mobike company rolled out its first waves of bikes in the streets in Shanghai and Beijing in 2016, since when smart biking has spread like wildfire, particularly in China, but also in other countries around the globe. This paper contributes to situating and analyzing innovative practices related to gender and sustainability. Mobike was invented by a woman, Hu Weiwei, who set out to address the pressing needs of urban residents in respect of more convenient, sustainable and efficient modes of transport. It is argued that Mobike should be seen as an experimental case of disruptive gendered innovations that feeds into the challenges of sustainable urban transport and social equality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science : HCI in Mobility, Transport, and Automotive Systems
EditorsH. Krömker
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date18 Jun 2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-22665-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-22666-4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
SeriesHCI in Mobility, Transport, and Automotive Systems

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