Microstories of everyday mobilities and opportunities in Bogotá: A tool for bringing capabilities into urban mobility planning

Title
Microstories of everyday mobilities and opportunities in Bogotá: A tool for bringing capabilities into urban mobility planning
Author Giovanni Vecchio
Line(s) Acces & Mobility
Year of Publication 2020
Journal Title Journal of Transport Geography
Keywords
Microstories, Everyday mobility, Capabilities, Mobility justice, Accessibility, Bogotá
Abstract The Capabilities Approach is gaining relevance as a theoretical approach that can contribute to consider issues of mobility and justice. The approach helps to better understand how everyday urban mobility can contribute to individuals’ capabilities, that is, their ability to freely be and do what one has reason to value. However, in relation to mobility the Capabilities Approach is still missing operational tools that can consider individual specificities and go beyond aggregate evaluations of urban transport systems. Drawing on a research project on urban mobility and human capabilities in Bogotá, the paper discusses how microstories of individual everyday mobilities could be a suitable analytical tool for describing the plural relationship between mobilities and capabilities. Microstories, defined as short accounts of personal everyday mobility experiences, help to account for the features that facilitate or impede individual mobility, and consider the manifold uses of mobility as achieved by each person, according to one’s individual choices. The paper discusses three potential contributions of microstories: integrating established evaluative approaches, such as accessibility measures; providing elements for the design of more effective policy actions; expressing features of the mobility experience that, despite their relevance for personal preferences and behaviours, are difficult to include within aggregate evaluations. The usability of microstories as interpretative and operational tools is examined in the light of the obtained results and in relation to policy making processes.
Doi
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102652
Corresponding Author Giovanni Vecchio