chapter  4
15 Pages

Leisure, bicycle mobilities, and cities

WithJONAS LARSEN

Modes of transport offer many affordances for the international transportation of tourists as well as their everyday micro-mobilities within tourism destinations. A key argument in the mobilities literature is that transport is more than displacement and arrival; it is an embodied, multi-sensuous experience and different modes of transport are said to produce different embodied geographies and affective experiences of places (Urry 2007). Yet the importance of mobility to the tourist experience has been trivialized in tourism studies, being understood as mere transportation: a boring necessity evil for reaching the desired destination (exceptions include Larsen 2001; Edensor and Holloway 2008; Butler and Hannam 2012). In my previous work, ‘I have argued that transport is an integral part of the tourist experience’; ‘touristic transportation is not only a trivial question of overcoming distances and reaching one’s destination, it is also a way of being in, and experiencing landscapes’ (Larsen 2001:81). In particular, I have shown how trains and cars are also technologies for visually experiencing or consuming those very places through mobile sightseeing and I have developed the notion of the ‘travel glance’ to capture what is characteristic of looking at fleeting landscapes through the window of the speeding car or train.