A Tale of Two Bike Lanes: Consensus Movements and Infrastructure Delivery

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

ISBN: 978-1-78756-896-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-895-2

ISSN: 0163-786X

Publication date: 16 October 2018

Abstract

In the years following the 2009 recession, local governments in the US have struggled to adequately maintain and manage infrastructure projects. As a result, community organizations are using new tactics to increase social and financial support for specific projects in the hopes of capturing local government attention and motivating infrastructure project delivery. This chapter explores how one community organization initiated a consensus movement by using civic crowdfunding to mobilize resources for a specific infrastructure project. Based on a matched pairs case study with two protected bike lane (PBL) projects in Denver, CO, USA (one that used consensus movement tactics and one that did not), this analysis focuses on the emergence of a consensus movement and its implications for project stakeholders. As a consensus movement supporting infrastructure, I argue that the project-based nature is important in defining movement success. Additionally, I argue that the relationship between the social movement organization and the state is more important than a typical consensus movement because infrastructure delivery requires a high level of state coordination and resources. The implications of using a consensus movement to support a specific infrastructure project point to shifting roles between social movement organization and the state.

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Citation

Kathryn Gasparro (2018). 'A Tale of Two Bike Lanes: Consensus Movements and Infrastructure Delivery', Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 42). Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 39-62

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/S0163-786X20180000042010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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