Keep it rolling: examining the San José Bike Party with methods on the move
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
This paper is an exploration of the possibilities for employing multiple ‘moving’ qualitative research methodologies in order to engage and capture embodied emotions and practices of participating in the San José Bike Party (SJBP). SJBP originated in 2004–2005 as an organised community group ride through the urban streets of San José, California. The ride has grown to include 2000–4000 riders of diverse riding levels and social backgrounds. Through social media, leaders of the group map out the route, lay out the rules of the road, and provide instructions for riders. In an effort to capture and examine the meaning of SJBP to participants, we have taken a multi-dimensional approach that incorporates ethnographic and phenomenological elements through the use of both traditional and nontraditional (mobile) data collection methods: conducting, for example, one-on-one interviews, focus group interviews, as well as ‘on the move’ interviews with GoPro cameras during the ride itself. Leaning on work that calls for more sociological engagement in the ‘mobilities turn’, we present some of our reflections on the use of multiple and moving/mobile methodologies towards a hybridised post qualitative research practice.
Bike party, cycling, go-alongs, mobile methods, sensory ethnography
Jessica W. Chin, Matthew Masucci, and Jay Johnson. "Keep it rolling: examining the San José Bike Party with methods on the move" Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (2020): 159-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2019.1673471