Are women the indicator of safety?

Terry Slavin, The Guardian, Cities feature section.

group of cyclists with one women

Courtesy of The Guardian

“If there aren’t as many women cycling as men … you need better infrastructure”

Publication date: 2015
Ranking: useful

In their words:

“Gil Penalosa who runs Toronto-based consultancy 8-80 cities describes women cyclists as the “indicator of the species”  for how bike-friendly a city is. ” If there aren’t as many women as men, then usually it’s because cycling is not safe enough. It’s an indicator that you do not have good enough cycling infrastructure.”

Looking specifically at initiatives in London to improve safety and increase number of cyclists, this article explores what is needed to encourage more people to take up their bike with reference to experiences in other countries .

It focuses particularly on the gender imbalance which has come to the fore in many studies.

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